End of year speech (2021) by Mattarella: the full text, the words of the President of the Republic
MATTARELLA SPEECH FULL TEXT – Tonight, 31 December 2021, at 20.30 the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella gave (with unified networks) his end-of-year speech to the Italians. The last of his mandate, now expiring. Below is the full text, all the words spoken by the Head of State:
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A tradition that has been going on since 1949
The traditional message of good wishes from the Head of State has taken place, without any interruption, since 1949, when it was delivered on the radio for the first time by Luigi Einaudi, the second president of the Italian Republic. It was Einaudi himself, moreover, to pronounce, in 1954, the first message broadcast live on TV in the year of the birth of Rai. Furthermore, Einaudi also holds the record for the shortest speech in the history of presidential greetings: 148 words in 1950, not even three minutes. The primacy of the longest greeting speech, on the other hand, belongs to Oscar Luigi Scalfato in 1997 with 4,912 words spoken in just under three quarters of an hour. Mattarella’s tonight will be the sixth speech at the end of the year since he was elected president.
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