Laura Boldrini, the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, read today to the assembly the letter of resignation signed by President Giorgio Napolitano.
But Mr Napolitano won’t just go back home. He will have at his disposal a huge office in the center of Rome, staffed by more or less 15 people including “personal attendants” and “housekeepers”, paid partly by the Presidential Office, partly by the Senate. After all Mr Napolitano is now ex officio a senator for life with a full salary.
The office, connected to the most secret networks and databases of the State, will be guarded round the clock by a security detail which will follow the President Emeritus everywhere. Obviously he will have an official car and a chauffeur. His eldest son will be entitled to a car and a chauffeur, too.