The Ciampi Presidency

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In 2002, the president of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi,

was repeatedly drawn into political debates. This had rarely happened

in the past, so all comparison with his predecessors seems

somehow unfitting. Ciampi was forced to take a stand on a large

number of important political and institutional issues, including the

actions of the government and the opposition’s response to these

actions—which in the latter case took the form of forceful demands

for his intervention—as well as conflict within Parliament and among

institutions. Nevertheless, much to the disappointment of the centerleft

opposition, Ciampi tended to act with great tact and reserve,

making general appeals in an attempt to appease all concerned.