Italians are particular. When it’s time for the Football World Cup we are 60 millions of head coaches; when’s the election day we all are expert of politics and we know our constitution by heart.
Well, somebody must have forgotten what article 92 says.
Il Governo della Repubblica è composto del Presidente del Consiglio e dei ministri, che costituiscono insieme il Consiglio dei ministri.
Il Presidente della Repubblica nomina il Presidente del Consiglio dei ministri e, su proposta di questo, i ministri.
The government of the Republic is composed of the President of the Council of Ministers and of the Ministers, which, together, assemble the Council of Ministers.
The President of the Republic appoints the President of the Council of Ministers and, on his proposal, the ministers.
I think it speaks for itself. The President of the Council of Ministers, that is, the Prime Minister, is appointed by the President of the Republic, that is, nobody can elect him.
Straightforwardly, Italians who are 18 or older elects the members of the two Houses and only them. After that, the President of the Republic gives the party or the coalition who won the election the mandate to form a govern. So, this party or coalition can ask whoever to be their candidate President of the Council of Ministers, even me or you. The President of the Republic can accept the nomination or not; the winning party can succeed in forming a government or not. This means that nobody voted for Renzi. But, in the same way, nobody voted for Letta, for Berlusconi, for D’Alema, for Amato, for Dini, for Ciampi, for Goria, for Craxi, for Andreotti, for Spadolini, for Moro, for De Gasperi and so on. No Italian citizen in the history of the Republic has ever directly voted for a Prime Minister.
Then the argument that people voted “no” to make Renzi resign because he wasn’t elected by nobody doesn’t stand. Please, I don’t want to hear it anymore, you’re pathetic.
Actually the fact is that, during the election campaign the leaders of the parties are conventionally depicted as candidate Prime Minister; for example, if Forza Italia won the election and Forza Italia’s leader is Berlusconi (sigh), he would be, for the people, the natural candidate to lead the government. But this is just a mere and unwritten convention. And sometimes, this doesn’t occur. Take the last political election. PD won but his leader, mr. Bersani, was not able to form a government and he did not become the President of the Council of Ministers.
Is it clear, isn’t it?