The Italian presidential inauguration

Today the inauguration ceremony of the new Italian President Sergio Mattarella was held in Rome.

Mr Mattarella left the Consulta Palace – the seat of the Constitutional Court of which he was a judge – and reached the Montecitorio Palace – the seat of the Chamber of Deputies -, escorted by a patrol of the Military Police in full dress uniform.

According to the tradition, he was  carried in a historic Lancia Flaminia. The bell of the Montecitorio Palace rang all along.

At 12 a.m. Mr Mattarella was sworn in by the President of the Chamber in front of the Parliament in joint session before delivering his inaugural speech to the MPs.

The oath was announced by 21 salvos shot by a gun over the Gianicolo Hill.

Silvio Berlusconi attended the ceremony since he is still the President of a party represented in Parliament.

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