After weeks of political uncertainty 81-year-old veteran socialist Sandro Pertini was sworn-in as President of Italy on Sunday (9 July).
After weeks of political uncertainty 81-year-old veteran socialist Sandro Pertini was sworn-in as President of Italy on Sunday (9 July). He succeeds Giovanne Leone who resigned last month following allegations of financial corruption.
SYNOPSIS: Rome was bedecked with flags and a massive security operation was mounted at the Italian parliament in preparation for the swearing-in.
Mr. Pertini was elected President by an overwhelming majority of the 995 senators, deputies and regional government representatives entitled to vote.
Supported by all major parties within the Italian parliament with the exception of the neo-fascists, the 81-year-old veteran deputy is already being described as Italy's most popular President. He will serve for seven years.
In his address to the parliamentarians Mr. Pertini appealed for an end to the violence which has plagued Italian political life in recent times. He also paid tribute to the recently murdered leader of the Christian Democrats Aldo Moro. Mr. Pertini said that had he lived it would be Mr. Moro being sworn-in instead of himself.