Agence France-PresseApril 20, 2013 21:15
President Barack Obama congratulated Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano upon his successful re-election on Saturday, praising the 87-year-old's "extraordinary leadership."
Napolitano was re-elected by Italian lawmakers in a desperate bid to end a deadlock on forming a new government.
"I congratulate President Giorgio Napolitano on his re-election as President of Italy," Obama said in a statement.
"For seven years, President Napolitano has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in Italy, in Europe, and around the world.