Italy's Napolitano re-elected president: early results

Italian lawmakers on Saturday elected President Giorgio Napolitano to an unprecedented second term in office to attempt to end a two-month deadlock on forming a new government, early results showed as the counting of the ballots continued.

The 87-year-old Napolitano, who only agreed to stand after an appeal by the country's main political forces, was elected to cheers in parliament but jeering from hundreds of protesters outside who chanted "Shame!" and "Jokers!"