Italian Lawmakers Reelect President Mattarella

    Photo: BBC

    The Facts

    • Sergio Mattarella has agreed to serve a second term as Italian President, despite previously expressing a desire to leave the office

    • This comes as the Italian coalition government failed to agree on a potential successor after six days of voting.

    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    This will bring much-needed stability and political direction to Italy, but has highlighted deep divisions within the government.

    Right narrative

    This will only provide short-term benefits, avoiding the collapse of Draghi's government. It's clearly a self-serving decision by a political elite united only in their desire to survive.

    Establishment split



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