After the election, not without surprise, of Ignazio La Russa as president of the Senate, in Montecitorio the young deputies chose in the fourth vote, which provides for the absolute majority of votes, the player of the Northern League Lorenzo Fontana. Applause from center-right parliamentarians broke out in the nearby Montecitorio chamber. Fontana received 222 votes.
He is the sixteenth president and the second member of the League to hold the third state post, after Veronica Pivetti. Giorgia Meloni is satisfied.
According to Democratic Party sources, to celebrate the election of Fontana “the first to celebrate is Vladimir Putin”.
For Matteo Salvini, “Fontana will be able to represent everyone”. The leader of the League, therefore, says that he is sure that the center-right will join the consultations in the Quirinale: it is “clear and certain”. In the inauguration speech, Lorenzo Fontana spoke about autonomy, about Pope Francis and Sergio Mattarella.
Mattarella welcomes the new president of the House, Fontana
“The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, received in the afternoon at the Quirinale the new Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, the Honorable Lorenzo Fontana”, the Presidency declared in a note.
PD, Zan hypothesis “anti-Fontana” president
As a response to the election of the lawyer Lorenzo Fontana at the head of the House, in the DP the hypothesis of placing as vice president a profile diametrically opposite and opposed to that of the Venetian ultra-conservative, Alessandro Zan, champion of the rights of the Lgbtq community + and the father of the anti-homotransphobia bill (never passed, but always claimed by them).
Lollobrigida: Congratulations and good luck to Fontana
“Best wishes to the new president of the Chamber of Deputies, Lorenzo Fontana. I am sure that he will fill this role with responsibility and impartiality. His election at the head of Montecitorio confirms that the center-right, thanks to a continuous confrontation between the coalition parties, intends to work together to face all the challenges of this important legislature”. This is what the head of the Brothers of Italy group in the room, Francesco Lollobrigida, said.
“I rule out 3000% that we do not support the Meloni government, there is a place to save here, let’s not joke.” This is what Fi senator Maurizio Gasparri said.
Salvini: Center-right combined with consultations, “it’s clear”
For Matteo Salvini, the center-right will go along with the Quirinale consultations, it is “clear and certain”. Speaking about the election of Lorenzo Fontana, the head of Lega explains that “we are finally moving from words to deeds. Of course, it is a change of pace, the cultural register in relation to the presidency of Boldrin and Fico is called democracy”. For Salvini “Lorenzo Fontana will be able to represent everything and everyone”.
Meloni: The Italians ask us not to waste time
“The Italians ask us for immediate answers and not to waste time.” This is what the president of “Fratelli d’Italia”, Giorgia Meloni, said, underlining that Lorenzo Fontana’s announcement in the House “confirms that we want to work in this direction. The brothers of Italy voted for him with conviction and we are sure that he will be able to fill this prestigious role, with a sense of institutions, balance and impartiality”.
Sources from PD: “Putin celebrates the election of Fontana”
For the election of Fontana, “the first to celebrate is Vladimir Putin, despite the much talked about continuity and the supposedly moderate change said by some commentators”. This is what Democratic Party sources stated, underlining that “the truth is that a further worrying shift to the right has occurred between yesterday and today, very predictable even before the vote”.
Banner against Fontana in parliament: “No to the homophobic president”
As soon as the fourth vote for the election of the Speaker of the Chamber began, several deputies of the Democratic Party and the left, including Alessandro Zan, have put up a large banner with the words “Not a homophobic president for Putin”. The reference is to Lorenzo Fontana della Lega, on whom the votes of the center-right majority should converge. Interim President Ettore Rosato demanded that the banner be removed.
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