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Napolitano re-elected as Italy's president

Rome, Apr 20 (EFE).- Giorgio Napolitano was re-elected as Italy's president Saturday in a sixth round of voting in Parliament, after leaders of the country's main parties urged him to run again to help resolve a burgeoning political crisis. The 87-year-old Napolitano, who becomes the first Italian president to be elected for a second seven-year term, obtained 738 votes, far more than the required 504. Citing his age, Napolitano had said repeatedly that he could not continue at his post. He had been due to step down on May 15.

Newly-elected Napolitano says Italy in 'difficult situation'

Italy's Giorgio Napolitano, who was re-elected president on Saturday to tackle a political crisis that has dragged on since elections in February, said the recession-hit country faced a "difficult situation" and was in "critical time". "We must all bear in mind, as I have tried to do... the difficult situation of the country," Napolitano said at a brief ceremony in the presidential palace where he was handed the official results of the election in parliament. dt/bm

Italy's Napolitano: A veteran ex-communist operator

Italy's Giorgio Napolitano, who at 87 was re-elected on Saturday to an unprecedented second term to end a long impasse on forming a new government, is an ex-communist with formidable political skills and a reputation for neutrality. Napolitano engineered former European commissioner Mario Monti's rise to power after premier Silvio Berlusconi's ouster in 2011 and has tried to unite bickering politicians in the current deadlock.

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!" dt/bm

Italy's Napolitano: A veteran political operator

Italy's Giorgio Napolitano, who at 87 has been called on to be president again to attempt to defuse an explosive political crisis, is a former communist with formidable political skills. Napolitano engineered former European commissioner Mario Monti's rise to power after premier Silvio Berlusconi's ouster in 2011 and has tried to unite bickering politicians in the current impasse. His seven-year term has also seen the country's gravest economic recession since the post-war period and the challenges of a rapidly changing society that has become increasingly pessimistic.

Italy's Napolitano: a veteran political operator

Italy's Giorgio Napolitano, who at 87 has been called on to be president again to attempt to defuse an explosive political crisis, is a former communist with formidable political skills. Napolitano engineered former European commissioner Mario Monti's rise to power after premier Silvio Berlusconi's ouster in 2011 and has tried to unite bickering politicians after inconclusive February elections.

Election of Italy president opens door to new government

By Naomi O'Leary and Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - The re-election of Italy's president has raised the prospect of an end to the two months of political stalemate that have followed the general election, with a move to form a government foreseen within days. A broad agreement between traditional political groups on the left and right to re-elect Giorgio Napolitano handed the 87-year-old the leverage to pressure opposing parties to form a government or face a snap election.

Biden, in Rome for pope's inauguration, meets Napolitano

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.

Octogenarian president holds Italy's fate

* Respected president holds the line at end of mandate * Opposes new election * Expected to bang heads during talks with politicians By Barry Moody ROME, March 5 (Reuters) - As Italy faces a deep political crisis, the fate of the country is in the hands of an octogenarian former communist only weeks from retirement.
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