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Male porn star, Sophia Loren get votes in Italian presidential election

AFP-JIJI, AP

Italian lawmakers failed to agree on a choice for the country’s next president Thursday, and some cast prank ballots for porn star Rocco Siffredi and actress Sophia Loren.

Parliament Speaker Laura Boldrini was quick to point out that Siffredi “does not have the prerequisites.” At 48, the actor is below the age threshold of 50 to become president.

During Thursday’s vote by both houses of Parliament and regional electors, Franco Marini, a long-time union leader and former Senate president, finished first in the initial ballot but fell far short of the two-thirds majority needed during the first three rounds of voting.

In round two, the majority of lawmakers cast blank ballots to buy time and allow for a night of consultations to plot a new strategy before voting resumes Friday morning.

While the presidency is mostly ceremonial, the post has the power to dissolve Parliament and call a new national election, and also tap the candidate with enough support in the legislature to try to form a government.

Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s wife, Veronica Lario, also appeared in the voting, along with buxom starlet Valeria Marini, who shares Marini’s name. One prankster even cast a ballot for a fictional character — Raffaello Mascetti — a hard-up aristocrat played by the beloved late comic actor Ugo Tognazzi.

In a soccer-mad country, some reference to the game was unavoidable: a vote cast for former national coach Giovanni Trapattoni.