Italian President Napolitano resigns

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Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who led the country through one of its stormiest political periods, resigned on Wednesday.

In his traditional end-of-year speech, the Italian president, who will turn 90 in June, said he had decided to end his second mandate ahead of time, due to his age and increasing “signs of fatigue,” which made it increasingly difficult for him to fulfill his institutional duties.

Italy’s parliament is likely to begin voting on his successor at the end of this month or in early February, in a long and complicated process that could take weeks, wsj.com informs.

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