Agence France-PresseMarch 18, 2013 08:30
US Vice President Joe Biden traded quips Monday with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on the eve of a grand mass to inaugurate Pope Francis.
"I didn't realise you'd arrange for a new pope so quickly," Biden joked, prompting Napolitano to reply: "They are quicker than Italian politics."
Italy remains locked in a political stalemate since February 24-25 elections failed to produce a clear winner.
Napolitano, 87, will begin meeting party leaders on Wednesday with a view to forming a government and ending the impasse.