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Di Malamocco, already a tribune under the doge of Giovanni Galbaio and married to a French noblewoman, had pro-Franco tendencies and was therefore elected: a reaction of the power groups hostile to the previous doge Giovanni Galbaio who was pro-Byzantine.

Obelerio joined his brother Beato without seeking popular approval, says Giovanni Diacono, while other sources say that his brother of pro-Byzantine tendencies was assigned to him out of a search for political balance. This confirms the climate of uncertainty of the time: the Venetians found themselves at the centre of two appeti

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