Speakers of The Italian Parliament Elected

The Speakers vote now lays the foundation for a possible government agreement between the Five Star Movement and the center-right.

On Saturday March 24, the Italian Parliament elected the Speakers of both houses. After days of difficult negotiations, the Five Star Movement and the center-right reached an agreement.

The new Speakers

Roberto Fico, one of the founding members of the Five Star Movement, was elected President of the Chamber of Deputies, while Forza Italia’s Maria Elisabetta Casellati is the new Speaker of the Senate.

The general election held on March 4 produced a hung Parliament, but this vote now lays the foundation for a possible government agreement between the two political forces.

Who are they?

Roberto Fico was born in Naples in 1974. He has been candidate mayor of the Partenopean city and candidate President of the Campania region. Considered one of the leaders of the Five Star Movement’s orthodox faction, he is distant from Luigi Di Maio’s moderate stance.

Maria Elisabetta Casellati, born in Rovigo and lawyer, is also one of the founding members of Forza Italia. Since 1994, she was always elected Member of Senate and was appointed undersecretary in different Silvio Berlusconi’s governments.