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The first round of the Italian presidential election is over: It turned out as everyone expected – NEW TIME

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As expected, Italy failed to elect a new head of state in Monday’s first round. None of the candidates received the required two-thirds majority of a total of 1,009 voters. The main government parties have previously announced that their deputies will throw empty tickets into the ballot box in a secret ballot, the DPA agency reported.

As the center-left and center-right parties have not agreed on a common candidate, it is equally unlikely that Sergio Mattarella’s successor will be elected in Tuesday’s second and Wednesday’s third round of elections. From the fourth round, which should take place on Thursday, a simple majority of votes will be enough for the candidate to win.

There are traditionally no official candidates in the fight for the post of head of state, but the current Prime Minister Mario Draghi has long been considered a favorite. However, as he cannot hold both posts, Rome has been negotiating for weeks on how to proceed with his government, in which almost all major parliamentary parties are represented. Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced on Saturday that he would not run for president.

The head of state in Italy is decided by a body of 1009 voters. These are 630 members of the Chamber of Deputies, 315 elected senators, six life senators and 58 representatives from 20 Italian regions. Coronavirus-infected voters were allowed to vote in a special tent in front of the parliament building.

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