23rd September 2023 – (Rome) Italy mourns the loss of Giorgio Napolitano, the country’s former president and the longest-serving head of state in its history. Napolitano, who was elected as president in 2006, passed away on Friday at the age of 98. His remarkable political career spanned several decades and left an indelible mark on Italian politics.
Napolitano’s presidency was characterised by his unwavering commitment to democratic values and the well-being of the Italian people. In 2013, he made history by becoming the first president to be re-elected for a second term, a testament to the trust and respect he garnered throughout his tenure. However, in 2015, citing his advancing age and declining health, Napolitano made the difficult decision to step down from his presidential duties. His successor, Sergio Mattarella, took office shortly thereafter.
During his nearly nine years in office, Napolitano played a pivotal role in guiding Italy through a period of significant challenges and change. His leadership and statesmanship were instrumental in navigating the country through economic crises, political upheavals, and social transformations. Napolitano’s unwavering commitment to stability and unity earned him the admiration and respect of both his fellow countrymen and leaders from around the world.
News of Napolitano’s passing reverberated across Italy and beyond, prompting an outpouring of grief and heartfelt tributes. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni expressed her condolences, highlighting Napolitano’s profound impact on the nation and his unwavering dedication to public service. Leaders from various countries also offered their sympathies, acknowledging Napolitano’s significant contributions to diplomacy and his role as an esteemed statesman.