Giuseppe Saragat

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Giuseppe Saragat
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5th President of Italy
In office
29 December 1964 – 29 December 1971
Prime Minister
Preceded by Antonio Segni
Succeeded by Giovanni Leone
President of the Constituent Assembly
In office
25 June 1946 – 6 February 1947
Preceded by Carlo Sforza
Succeeded by Umberto Terracini
Lifetime Senator
In office
29 December 1971 – 11 June 1988
Constituency Former President
Personal details
Born (1898-09-19)19 September 1898
Turin, Italy
Died 11 June 1988(1988-06-11) (aged 89)
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Italian Democratic Socialist Party
Other political
United Socialist Party
Italian Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Giuseppina Bollani
Alma mater University of Turin
Religion Atheist[1]

Giuseppe Saragat (Italian pronunciation: [ʤuˈzɛppe ˈsaːraɡat];[2] 19 September 1898 – 11 June 1988) was an Italian politician who was the fifth President of the Italian Republic from 1964 to 1971.

Personal life[edit]

Saragat was born in Turin, from Sardinian parents. He died in Rome on 11 June 1988.

He is said to have been an atheist.[1]

Political career[edit]

Member of the United Socialist Party since 1922, he moved to Vienna in 1926 and to France in 1929 and joined the Italian Socialist Party in 1930. He was a reformist socialist, who split from the Italian Socialist Party in 1947, out of concern over its close (at the time) alliance with the communists, to found the Socialist Party of Italian Workers, which would soon become the Italian Democratic Socialist Party. He was to be the latter's paramount leader for the rest of his life.[3]

He had been Minister without portfolio for the Italian Socialist Party of Proletarian Unity in 1944 and ambassador in Paris for two years, from 1945 to 1946, Saragat was appointed as President of the Constituent Assembly of Italy. Subsequently he was nominated as Foreign minister from 1963 to 1964, and chosen as President of the Italian Republic in 1964. His election was the result of one of the rare instances of unity in the Italian left, and followed rumours of a possible neo-fascist coup during Antonio Segni's presidency.[3]


  1. ^ a b Bruno Vespa, L'amore e il potere. da Rachele a Veronica, un secolo di storia italiana, Mondadori, Milano, 2009, p. 120.
  2. ^ DiPI Online
  3. ^ a b Saragat, Giuseppe: “Dizionario di Storia” – Treccani (in Italian) Retrieved April 20, 2013.