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LIVE: Italian Parliament holds fifth day of vote on new president

Italian members of the two parliamentary houses plus regional representatives are voting for the fifth day to elect the new head of state in Palazzo Montecitorio, home of the Chamber of Deputies in Rome on Friday, January 28.

In the form of a secret ballot, 321 Senators, 630 Deputies, and 58 regional representatives will be entitled to vote.

The first three ballots require a two-thirds majority of the 1,009 voters to elect a president, or 673 votes. Starting from the fourth ballot, an absolute majority is required for candidates to be elected, or 505 votes. The presidential mandate lasts seven years.

During the first four votes on January 24, 25, 26 and 27 the Parliament didn’t reach the quorum.

Incumbent President Sergio Mattarella, elected in 2015 and eligible for re-election, has ruled out a second term. Prime Minister Mario Draghi is seen as a possible candidate, while Silvio Berlusconi, who initially touted his name, dropped the nascent presidential bid on Saturday. News use only, no use after 48 hours


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