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Italy wants Mario Draghi as president and prime minister.  It can’t be both.

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Italy wants Mario Draghi as president and prime minister. It can’t be both.

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Italy begins the process of selecting a new president on Monday, a non-partisan job that usually falls to an elderly figure seen as high-minded and trustworthy. Draghi, 74, a former European central banker, is the most obvious candidate, and commentators assume he wants the role. It remains to be seen whether the roughly 1,000 politicians and other representatives who vote for the president will support Draghi, given that his rise would force Italy to replace just one prime minister.

Italy wants Mario Draghi as president and prime minister. It can’t be both.

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