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Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella elected Italian president

AFP , Saturday 31 Jan 2015
Sergio Mattarella
New Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in this Jan. 4, 2001 file photo (Photo: AP)
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Little-known constitutional court judge Sergio Mattarella was elected Italy's new president on Saturday after four rounds of voting by lawmakers and regional representatives.

The 73-year-old Sicilian, who enjoyed the backing of centre-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, succeeds the hugely popular Giorgio Napolitano, 89, who is stepping down because of his advanced age.

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