Italy president Napolitano resigns

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Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Italy’s president has resigned as promised, less than two years after accepting an unprecedented second term as head of state because squabbling politicians could not agree on a successor.

Giorgio Napolitano, who turns 90 this year, signed his formal resignation this morning, the Quirinal presidential palace said.

Mr Napolitano reluctantly agreed in spring 2013 to stay on for a second term when politicians repeatedly failed to elect his successor.

He made clear then that because of his age he would not serve the entire new term. In recent weeks he repeatedly indicated he would step down in mid-January.

Now parliament and special regional electors must hold a special voting session in 15 days to pick a new president.

The largely ceremonial office is usually held by someone considered above the political fray.

Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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