The premiership process gets underway with the first hearings in the Senate from the beginning of next week. A first step in a long journey that should also bring the Autonomy project, supported by Salvini's League, to port. A complex game, which has so far seen the total opposition of almost all the oppositions - except for the opening of Italia Viva on the reform of the powers of the Prime Minister - but also several distinctions between the center-right allies.
In this context, the surprise intervention of Gianni Letta from Florence. The former undersecretary to the Prime Minister and Silvio Berlusconi's historic right-hand man attacks (or at least gives this impression) the project of the majority: "The constitutional reform presented by the current government would inevitably reduce the powers of the President of the Republic, "because the strength that comes from popular investiture is certainly greater than that which derives from Parliament: It is not written, but it is obvious that in the dialectic those who are invested have more strength."
A blow that shakes Forza Italia first of all, with Antonio Tajani who hastens to specify the meaning of the intervention of one of the men closest to the Cavaliere, for decades. "Forza Italia strongly supports the reform of the premiership. Some of Gianni Letta's phrases should not be interpreted in the opposite direction. He confirmed to me that his words referred to theoretical evaluations and not to judgments on the reform," the foreign minister and secretary of FI specifies decisively.
But Letta, who spoke at an event of the Progetto Città di Firenze association, does not seem to leave room for doubt about his ideas in this regard: "In my opinion, the figure of the President of the Republic as it is designed," he explained, "and the interpretation as it has been given by individual presidents in compliance with the Constitution, as all constitutionalists today recognize, is fine as it is: I wouldn't attenuate it, I wouldn't redesign it, I wouldn't take away any of the prerogatives as they have been exercised at present." For the former undersecretary, "today we have a president who is happily reigning in his second term, which he exercises splendidly, because he has done so much good for this country."
The former undersecretary expands the reasoning to the concept of the sense of the State: "First there was respect for institutions, if not worship; today we are losing the sense of the State, the respect that is due to the institutions, and the value that from that respect can derive to the government of a community, that is, Italian society."
Today's politics, he continues, "in my opinion has adapted to the times: just as there is a degradation in many sectors of social life, so also in politics. When you entered the Chamber of Deputies or the Senate 30 years ago, you had the physical, visual, palpable sensation of entering a public place that is not a ministry or other public office: you had the feeling of entering the most solemn place for a democratic state. Everything was organized and orderly, and the behavior of the people was appropriate to the solemnity of the place. Today, at least I, have this feeling with regret, it's like entering a normal public office."
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