Italy. Former president Giorgio Napolitano is dead


Giorgio Napolitano, former president of Italy, is dead. He died on Friday in Rome, he was 98 years old. He was the head of state from 2006 to 2015 and made history in the Republic as the first to be elected for a second term due to a political deadlock in parliament that prevented the election of his successor.

In 2013, almost all parties asked the veteran of Italian parliamentarism to stay for a second term, and he finally agreed to be re-elected, although with some reluctance due to his old age.

Giorgio Napolitano, born in Naples on June 29, 1925, graduated in law in that city.

In 1953, he was first elected to the Chamber of Deputies on behalf of the Communist Party. Three years later, he supported the USSR’s intervention in Hungary, where there was an uprising against the communist regime. He then made self-criticism about this attitude in his autobiography. Giorgio Napolitano was a deputy for ten consecutive terms of the lower house of parliament, including eight as a representative of the Communist Party. He also served twice in the European Parliament.

Giorgio Napolitano PAP/EPA

He was a member of the communist party and led to its dissolution in 1991 and the creation of the Democratic Left Party.

He became president at the age of 81

From 1992 to 1994 he was chairman of the Chamber of Deputies. In the government of Romano Prodi, he served as Minister of Interior in 1996-1998. When the center-left won the elections in 2006, Napolitano was put forward as the candidate of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in the parliament electing the president. He began his term as head of state at the age of 81.

As former president, Giorgio Napolitano served as a senator for life. As long as his strength allowed, he participated in key meetings and votes in the Senate. In one of his speeches, when he was already over 90 years old, he accused parliamentarians of not working enough.

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