Letter: Monarch of Italy

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Sir: Paul Bryan (letter, 14 April) is wrong to imply that Italians have the right to elect their head of state. In fact, the President of the Italian Republic is elected by parliament, not the people. His role is effectively similar to that of a monarch, with political power residing within the office of prime minister.

Yours faithfully,


Enfield, Middlesex

14 April