Signor Giovanni Leone was elected, on Friday (24 December), sixth President of the Italian Republic in the 23rd electoral college ballot in 16 days.
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Background: Signor Giovanni Leone was elected, on Friday (24 December), sixth President of the Italian Republic in the 23rd electoral college ballot in 16 days. The former Christian Democrat Premier obtained 518 votes from the 1,008-member college -- 13 more than the required simple majority -- to end the longest presidential election in the Republic's 25-year history.
Signor Leone became a candidate for the presidency on Thursday, replacing Senate President Amintore Fanfani as the Christian Democrat candidate. On Thursday night's 22nd ballot, he missed election by only vote.
The outgoing President, Giuseppe Saragat, was elected seven years ago, after a then-record vote taking 13 days and 21 ballots.