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Senate speaker lauds 'even-handed' and 'wise' Mattarella

Senate speaker lauds 'even-handed' and 'wise' Mattarella

Sergio Mattarella during post-election talks with Italian political leaders at the Quirinale Palace on 12-13 April 2018.

Photo: Andkronos/Cristiano Camera

Senate speaker Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati on Monday paid tribute to Italy's president Sergio Mattarella, calling him "even-handed", "wise" and "an exceptional guarantor for every citizen" in a birthday message.

"I sent my most affectionate good wishes to the president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella," Alberti Casellati said in the message to mark his 77th birthday.

"His even-handedness, his wisdom, his deep-rooted respect for Italy's institutions, are an exceptional guarantor for every citizen," she said.

"Our constitution has a faithful interpretor that authentically expresses its values," Alberti Casellati added.

Mattarella won praise for his mediation between Italy's party leaders during talks that led to the formation of a populist government in June and ended months of political deadlock following the inconclusive national election on 4 March.

A native of Palermo, politician, lawyer and judge, Mattarella, entered politics after the assassination of his brother Piersanti Mattarella by the Sicilian mafia in 1980.