| 1978 →|
| Giovanni Leone|Francesco De Martino, former secretary of Italian Socialist Party, was the first candidate of the left-wing opposition.
Amintore Fanfani, one of the most important leaders of DC, was initially proposed by the government.
Giovanni Leone, the elected President, was candidated only since the twenty-second round of voting.
Pietro Nenni, former partisan and leader of PSI, was proposed by left-wing parties at penultimate round of voting, too.
Italian presidential election, 1971 Wikipedia
The Italian presidential election of 1971 was held in Italy on 9 – 24 December 1971. Only members of Parliament and regional delegates are entitled to vote. As head of state of the Italian Republic, the President has a role of representation of national unity and guarantees that Italian politics comply with the Italian Constitution, in the framework of a parliamentary system.
Former Prime Minister and President of the Chamber of Deputies Giovanni Leone was elected President with 518 votes out of 1,008, the smallest majority ever obtained. With twenty-three rounds of voting, this presidential election was the longest of Italian republican history.