Wednesday, May 8, 2013

President Re-Elected

Palazzo del Quirinale, Quirinal Palace, piazza del Quirinale, Rome
Palazzo del Quirinale (Quirinal Palace), Piazza del Quirinale
Just after Giorgio Napolitano was re-elected President of Italy
Rome, April 2013

“Napolitano was comfortably re-elected, having garnered the support of centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani, former Prime Minister and centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi, and interim PM and centrist Mario Monti. Earlier, Berlusconi and his coalition refused to support the PD's choice of Romano Prodi, claiming he was unacceptable as a compromise candidate. As a result, leaders from all political parties except for Beppe Grillo turned to Napolitano and held discussions with him in order to convince him to run again. Even though he had openly stated his refusal to consider running again in an interview a week before, Napolitano reluctantly agreed, and the party leaders subsequently urged electors to back him as a show of unity. By winning this election, Napolitano became the first Italian president to be elected to a second term.”


cieldequimper said...

The light is amazingly beautiful.

Changes in the wind said...

Oh my does that bring back memories...we stayed in the hotel right next to here and this was our morning view:)