The Italian President is currently elected by the Parliament for a seven-year term.
His functions were supposed to be mainly ceremonial, but in the last years the economic crisis, coupled with the traditionally unstable Italian politics, strengthened the presidential powers.
The Italian main parties are now discussing the possibility to sanction this situation by amending the Constitution to make the President popularly elected.
This is an old dream of Berlusconi, who for decades has been complaining about his lack of real power as prime minister. If the reform passes, with his media charisma he could probably be able to become the first Italian executive President.