Sergio Mattarella OMRI, OMCA (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsɛrdʒo
mattaˈrɛlla]; born 23 July 1941) is an Italian politician, lawyer
and judge serving as the 12th and current
President of Italy
President of Italy since
2015. He was previously Minister of Education from 1989 to 1990 and
Minister of Defence from 1999 to 2001. In 2011, he became an elected
judge on the Constitutional Court. On 31 January 2015, he was
elected by the
Italian Parliament to be the 12th President of the
Italian Republic. He is the first Sicilian to have held the post.
1 Early life
2 Political career
3 President of Italy
3.1 2016 political crisis
4 Personal life
6 External links
Sergio Mattarella was born in
Palermo of a prominent Sicilian family.
His father, Bernardo Mattarella, was an anti-fascist who, alongside
Alcide De Gasperi
Alcide De Gasperi and other prominent Catholic politicians, helped
found the Christian Democracy (DC) party, which dominated the Italian
political scene for almost fifty years, with Bernardo serving as a
minister several times. Sergio Mattarella's brother, Piersanti
Mattarella, was also a Christian Democratic politician and President
Sicily from 1978 until his death in 1980, when he was killed by the
During his youth,
Sergio Mattarella was a member of Azione Cattolica,
a large Catholic lay association. In 1964, he graduated in law at the
Sapienza University of Rome; after a few years he started teaching
Parliamentary procedure at the University of Palermo.
Sergio Mattarella in 1983
Mattarella entered politics after the assassination of his brother
Piersanti by the Mafia. His parliamentary career began in 1983, when
he was elected a member of the Chamber of Deputies in left-leaning
faction of the DC that had supported an agreement with the Italian
Communist Party (PCI) led by Enrico Berlinguer, the so-called Historic
Compromise. The following year he was entrusted by the Secretary of
the Christian Democrat, Ciriaco De Mita, to "clean up" the Sicilian
faction of the party from Mafia control, at a time when made men of
Cosa Nostra like
Salvo Lima and
Vito Ciancimino were powerful
political figures. In 1985 Mattarella helped the young lawyer
Leoluca Orlando, who had worked alongside his brother Piersanti during
his governorship of Sicily, to become the new Mayor of Palermo.
Mattarella was appointed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in the
governments led by Christian Democratic Prime Ministers Giovanni Goria
and Ciriaco De Mita, and in 1989 he became Minister of Education in
the sixth cabinet of Giulio Andreotti. Mattarella stood down from his
position, together with other ministers, in 1990 upon parliament's
passing of the Mammì Act, liberalising the media sector in Italy,
which they saw as a favour to the media magnate Silvio Berlusconi.
Sergio Mattarella in 1994
In 1990 Mattarella was appointed Vice-Secretary of Christian
Democracy. He left the post two years later to become director of Il
Popolo, the official newspaper of the party. Following the Italian
referendum of 1993 he drafted the new electoral law nicknamed
Mattarellum. In 1994, when Christian Democracy was dissolved in the
wake of the
Tangentopoli corruption scandal, he helped found the
Italian People's Party (PPI), along with its first leader Mino
Martinazzoli and other former Christian Democrats. In the ensuing
1994 general election (in which the newly founded PPI fared poorly)
Martinazzoli was again elected to the Chamber of Deputies. He soon
found himself engaged in an internal dispute after the election of a
new party leader, Rocco Buttiglione, who wished to steer the Italian
People's Party towards an electoral alliance with Berlusconi's Forza
Italia. Following Buttiglione's appointment, Mattarella resigned as
director of Il Popolo in opposition to this policy.
Mattarella was one of the first supporters of the economist Romano
Prodi at the head of the centre-left coalition known as The Olive Tree
(L'Ulivo) in the 1996 general election. After the electoral victory of
the centre-left, Mattarella served as President of the PPI's
parliamentary group. Two years later, when Prodi's first government
fell, Mattarella was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
Defence in the government of Massimo D'Alema, then-leader of the
Democrats of the Left
Democrats of the Left (DS). As Minister of Defence he supported the
NATO Intervention in Yugoslavia against the Serbian President Slobodan
Milošević; he also approved a reform of the Italian Armed Forces
which abolished conscription. After the resignation of D'Alema in
2000, Mattarella kept his position as Minister of Defence in the
government of Giuliano Amato.
Mattarella with the U.S. Secretary of Defense
William Cohen in March
In October 2000 the PPI joined with other centrist parties to form an
alliance called The Daisy (DL), later to merge into a single party in
March 2002. Mattarella was re-elected to the
Italian Parliament in the
2001 and 2006 general elections, standing as a candidate for The Daisy
in two successive centre-left coalitions – The Olive Tree and The
In 2007 he was one of the founders of the Democratic Party (PD), a big
tent centre-left party formed from a merger of left-wing and centrist
parties which had been part of The Olive Tree, including The Daisy and
Democrats of the Left
Democrats of the Left (heirs of the Italian Communist Party).
On 5 October 2011 he was elected by the
Italian Parliament with 572
votes to be a judge of the Constitutional Court. He was sworn in on 11
October 2011. He served until he was sworn in as President of the
Republic of Italy.
President of Italy
Sergio Mattarella with his predecessor, Giorgio Napolitano
On 31 January 2015 Mattarella was elected President of the Italian
Republic at the fourth ballot with 665 votes out of 1,009, with
support from the Democratic Party (PD),
New Centre-Right (NCD), Civic
Choice (SC), Union of the Centre (UDC) and Left Ecology Freedom
Mattarella was officially endorsed by the Democratic Party, after his
name was put forward by the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Mattarella replaced Giorgio Napolitano, who had served for nine years,
the longest presidency in the history of the Italian Republic.
However, since Napolitano had resigned on 14 January, Senate President
Pietro Grasso was the Acting President at the time of Mattarella's
inauguration on 3 February. Mattarella's first statement as new
President was: "My thoughts go first and especially to the
difficulties and hopes of our fellow citizens".
President Mattarella and Russian President
Vladimir Putin in Moscow,
His first presidential visit was on the day of his election, when he
Fosse Ardeatine where, in 1944 during World War II, the
Nazi occupation troops killed 335 people as a reprisal for a partisan
attack. Mattarella stated that "Europe and the world must be united to
defeat whoever wants to drag us into a new age of terror".
On 6 May 2015 President Mattarella signed the new Italian electoral
law, known as Italicum, which provides for a two-round system based on
party-list proportional representation, corrected by a majority bonus
and a 3% election threshold. Candidates run for election in 100
multi-member constituencies with open lists, except for a single
candidate chosen by each party who is the first to be elected.
2016 political crisis
On 7 December 2016, Prime Minister
Matteo Renzi announced his
resignation, following the rejection of his proposals in the 2016
Italian constitutional referendum. On 11 December Mattarella appointed
the incumbent Minister of Foreign Affairs
Paolo Gentiloni as new head
of the government.
He was married to Marisa Chiazzese, daughter of Lauro Chiazzese, a
Roman law and rector of the University of Palermo. His
wife died in 2012. He has three children.
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