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Italian President Sergio Mattarella was again elected for second term, during a joint session of Parliament and eighth round of voting.
The re-election of President in Italy is rare. Till date, only Giorgio Napolitano, predecessor of Mattarella, had served a second term. He served only for less than two years.
2022 Italian presidential election
The 2022 Italian presidential election was concluded between January 24 to January 29, 2022 in Rome. The president was elected by a joint session of Italian Parliament and regional representatives. Election process was extended over multiple days. The process culminated the incumbent president Sergio Mattarella for a second term. He received 759 votes on the eighth ballot, making it the second most votes ever received by a Presidential candidate, after Sandro Pertini in 1978.
Second term of Sergio Mattarella
Sergio Mattarella had ruled out a second term, initially. He agreed to serve a second term on January 29, following the request of most party leaders and prime minister of Italy (Mario Draghi). He had already received significant and growing support previously, in several rounds of voting. He received 125 votes on the third ballot, 166 votes on the fourth, 336 votes on the sixth while 387 votes on the seventh ballot. It was the highest number of ballots since 1992, among Italian presidential elections. In 1992, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro was elected on the 16th ballot.
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