Earlier in the day, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati from Forza Italia was elected president of the Senate, the upper chamber of the Italian parliament.
Fico obtained victory in the fourth round of the vote. According to the latest data, he managed to gain the support of 450 lawmakers in the 630-seat lower house of the parliament.
Presidente @Roberto_Fico:"Solo ritrovando lo spirito di essere comunità di cittadini possiamo recuperare il senso di Stato che vogliamo incarnare, in cui nessuno debba più sentirsi ai margini e tutti riescano a esprimere le proprie potenzialità. Auguri di buon lavoro" #OpenCamera pic.twitter.com/udangB4ShN— Camera dei deputati (@Montecitorio) 24 марта 2018 г.
TWEET: President @Roberto_Fico: "Only by rediscovering the spirit of being a community of citizens can we recover the sense of state that we want to embody, in which no one should feel marginalized anymore and everyone can realize their potential. Best wishes for your work" #OpenCamera
Fico was born in Naples in 1974. In 2013, the politician was elected to the Chamber of Deputies. He is considered to be one of the Five Star Movement's leaders, representing the party's left wing.
During the March general election, the center-right coalition, consisting of anti-immigrant Eurosceptic Lega (formerly Lega Nord) led by Matteo Salvini, Forza Italia headed by Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy and Us with Italy, won around 37 percent of the vote, while the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) received around 32 percent. The ruling Democratic Party (PD) won only 19 percent of the vote.
Intense negotiations on the formation of a coalition government are ongoing.