The right-wing and far-right alliance made up of Liga, Hermanos de Italia and Fuerza Italia, and which appears as a favorite in all the polls for the elections of September 25, promises in its common program to promote the direct election of the Presidentdefend membership of the European Union (EU) and fight “against illegal immigration”, among other measures with which he seeks to return to the Government after more than 15 years.
“Direct election of the President of the Republic” is one of the slogans that the coalition raises within the section “Institutional reforms, justice and public administration according to the Constitution”; one of the 15 axes of the program for the elections that next month will elect 400 deputies and 200 senators.
The right has not headed a government in Italy since the still leader of Força Italia, Silvio Berlusconi, was elected prime minister in 2008
The election of the Italian President, regulated by article 83 of the Constitution, is currently done through the vote of the members of the Senate and Deputies, who are joined by delegates from the 20 regions of the country.
The proposal was criticized this friday for center left forces after the leader of Fuerza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi, stated that if the idea of a direct vote election advances, current President Sergio Mattarella, elected in January for a second seven-year term, should resign from office so that a new president at the polls.
“The right is dangerous”, stated the leader of the PD Enrico Letta, while the political boss of the Five Star Giuseppe Conte considered that Berlusconi’s coalition “has its mask falling off” due to the proposal and the mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri qualified as an “unacceptable attack” the idea that Mattarella should resign if the system of electing the head of state changes.
Within its common program, which will later have a more detailed version of each of the forces, the alliance also raises its defense of an “Italy fully part of Europe, the Atlantic Alliance and the West.”
Also, the right-wing coalition promises to “fight against illegal immigration” while “favoring the social and labor inclusion of regular immigrants.”
The leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, former Minister of the Interior between 2018 and 2019, who developed policies to restrict the arrival of immigrants that even took him to court for his refusal, which he justified by similar behavior from the rest of the European countries, to open the ports of the country for the disembarkation of people rescued on the high seas.
The right has not headed a government in Italy since the still leader of Força Italia, Silvio Berlusconi, was elected prime minister in 2008, which was the last time the prime minister was elected by direct vote and not by agreements between parliamentarians. .
In that framework, the leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, could become the first female premier in the country’s historyafter having confirmed the support of its coalition partners to lead the Executive if it is the one that obtains the most votes within the sector.