Municipal Council of Messina, Cantello and La Fauci elected as deputies of the Chamber. The centre-right votes were decisive… and one from the Democratic Party

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By John

A city council at full capacity, with 32 out of 32 present, has chosen its deputy vice-president. This is Mirko Cantello, exponent of the League – Italy First. In the second vote, when the majority of voters was enough, she obtained 16 votes against Serena Giannetto’s 15.. A blank ballot completes the vote. 16 votes, however, were enough for Giandomenico La Fauci to get the better of Rinaldo (15 preferences) in the second vote for the position of alternate vice president of the city council when it was already late at night

The background

In light of the forces at play on Cantello, the convergence of the entire center-right has arrived and, in all likelihood, also of a vote from the Democratic Party. In the first vote, when 17 preferences were needed, in fact, the balance was king with the centre-right and Basile’s groups paired with 15 votes each for Cantello and Giannetto. The Democratic Party has chosen to act as the balance of power with two preferences for Calabrò.
A vote that arrived following a very long series of steps which led to the success of the centre-right front which in recent months has overturned the balance of power within the Chamber.
A session that had a rather hectic prologue but on topics not intimately linked to the two vice-presidencies.
The debate was animated by Pippo Trischitta who raised, one after the other, three preliminary issues. The first concerned the well-known resolution with which the councilors voted to double the value of attendance fees. He called Libero Gioveni and his recent statement into question, which the FdI group leader clarified by clearing away any misunderstanding on the appropriateness (and not on the never doubted legitimacy) of some considerations. Second preliminary ruling, that of the evaluation of whether it would not be appropriate to consider carrying out a single vote to choose both the vicar and the vice president and not two as planned. The General Secretary intervened on the matter and interpreted the regulation which states: “The president and the two vice-presidents are elected with separate votes” in the sense that there must be three electoral moments and not two. “The principle of the representativeness of the opposition fails” countered Trischitta who then moved on to the third preliminary ruling, while the rest of the Chamber roared. The attack was launched on Maurizio Croce who was accused of missing the last six council meetings without justification. Trischitta asked the secretary if there were no grounds for dismissal and Rossana Carrubba rather clarified that the councilor still has 10 days to justify the objection that should be made against him. «With 130 absences in the council – commented Trischitta – his presence today is an act of political arrogance». And for Felice Calabrò the attempts of the group leader of “Basile Sindaco” were those of a team that tries to send the ball into the stands just to gain time.
At that point, after three hours of “melina”, the vote took place.