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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 26, 2013 Page 5 A President (Continued from Page i) possible cabinet of ministers of his choosing. At that point the ball was back in Napolitano's camp: yet being in the last semes- ter of his seven-year man- date (the so-called "white se- mester") the president could not dismiss the chambers of Parliament and send the country to another national election. All he could do was buy some time, and while waiting for the election of the new president scheduled for April 19 m, appoint a spe- cial committee of ten so- called "wise men" (experts in the main fields of govern- ment) to come up with a na- tional interest "to-do-list" for the next government (what- ever its political color might be). Then, finally, came the election of what everyone thought was going to be Napolitano's successor - little did we know it was go- ing to be him again! Accord- ing to the Italian constitu- tion it is up to the parlia- ment to do so: thus, it came as no surprise that an as- sembly that could not find an agreement on a government that, given the premises, could have lasted a few months could not agree on the name of someone who would hold the country's highest office for the next seven years. Few names were made, and voted on, from former Prime minister Romano Prodi to long time Labor Union leader Franco Marini, Italian Parliament but the first five secret bal- lots revealed that disagree- ment ran high even within the single forces - in par- ticular the PD - the leaders of which, as a result, all re- signed their position, leav- ing the party at risk of crum- bling into several different factions. Then, last Friday, came the sixth round of voting, and the only name the left and the right (but not Grillo's movement) seemed to agree on, was that of Giorgio Napolitano, the old veteran of Italian politics, who after being a member of the par- liament for over sixty years, had oversaw it as the Presi- dent for the past seven. It was a clear landslide: 738 votes out of 997, many more than the 50% needed from the fifth round on {even more than the 66% needed for the first four). Yet it was a just as clear solution of last resort. Also considering the 88 year old president - who had already said many times he wanted to retire - had to be begged to accept the re-election. In the end he did, like an old father who, one more time, takes his children out of the trouble they are re- sponsible for. But he made sure to scold, in an in- tensely emotional accep- tance speech, each and ev- ery political party for not hav- ing been able to come up with much needed reforms (in- cluding the electoral system one that would have pre- Happy 100 th Birthday Lucy DeCristof oro Lucy DeCristoforo, a life- long resident of the North End, celebrated her 100 m birthday on April 24, 2013. Her daughters Doris Hemeon and Claire Gusmini hosted a birthday celebration at the Spaulding Nursing Center North End to honor their beloved mother. .'i'" vented the current stale- mate from ever occurring) during over a year of Monti's technical government. And for not being able, or want- ing to, come up with some sort of an agreement over the last two months to give the country in deep eco- nomic and social trouble a desperately needed govern- ment. "So far you have been deaf to my callings," he said to the two chambers reunited amid loud cheer and ap- plause (by the same people he actually came short of insulting) "and if I encoun- ter the same deafness, I will make you face the conse- quences before the country." The "consequences" (dis- missal of the Chambers for new elections or a resigna- tion which will leave the par- liament in the same quag- mire it comes from) are clear to all and now, thanks to a freshly renewed mandate, Napolitano has the constitu- tional right to implement them at any given moment. Hence, the left and the right have no other choice left other than comply: ac- cept - together - whatever name he comes up with for Prime minister, vote - to- gether - the confidence to whatever cabinet he or she will choose to put together, and quickly pass - together - the reforms suggested by the ten "wise men" a couple of weeks ago. In fact that is what both the leaders of PD and the PDL humbly said they will do, after visiting the president Tuesday for the latest - hopefully the last - round of consultations. It all sounds awfully close to a presidential Republic - which italy is not and defi- nitely was not in the project of the drafters of the consti- tution who in 1948, with the fascist experience still fresh in their mind, probably ex- aggerated a bit with the number of checks and bal- ances. Yet the alternative is an endless political, social and economic crisis the country can no longer afford and that will drag everyone - no one excluded - underwater. Grillo, who promises opposi- tion already, said the coun- try will be bankrupt by Octo- ber. But if a government is formed quickly, and most of all, holds itself together, chances are it will probably not. Saint Anthony's Club Bus Trip to Foxwoods Saint Anthony's Club will be hosting a bus trip to Foxwoods Casino and Resort on Sunday, June 2nd. 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