“They proposed to me to be the candidate of the center-right, but it seems inappropriate to me to talk about the Quirinale when the current President of the Republic is still in office”, dice Silvio Berlusconi in the anticipation of the book by Bruno Vespa “Why Mussolini ruined Italy (and how Draghi is healing it)”. The topic is very topical given that Mattarella is about to expire his mandate. Il Cavaliere talks about it underlining that “however it would not be an easy election, because the center-right would not have the necessary votes on its own”.
“The election of the President of the Republic – reads article 83 of the Constitution – takes place by secret ballot with a majority of two thirds of the assembly. After the third ballot, the absolute majority“It is the latter majority that we must refer to if there is no name capable of catalyzing a bipartisan consensus. The compact center-right needs more votes. Where could they come from? “There are 290 deputies and senators who came out of the original parliamentary groups – observes Berlusconi -. Many are friends with me, but, I repeat, everything is still to be seen”.
The Forza Italia leader also dwells on the hypothesis of a woman president of the Republic: “We need the image of a woman who is the protagonist of the political, social, cultural and economic world. But I don’t think she has yet manifested herself”.
In his conversation with the author of the book, Berlusconi also talks about the future of Mediaset: “It will remain Italian and under the control of Fininvest, but the group’s pan-European future will look first and foremost to Spain and Germany where it already holds stakes in commercial television”.