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Latest update : 2013-04-18

Italy's parliament has failed to elect a new president during a first round of voting in a ballot that many had hoped would herald the end of a two-month impasse over a new government but is threatening to divide the centre-left.

Italy's parliament failed to elect a state president in its second vote on Thursday, with most members of both the centre-left and centre-right blocs appearing to have cast blank ballots.

With the count still continuing it was already clear that no candidate could reach the required 672 votes for a two-thirds majority of the 1007 parliamentarians and regional representatives.

Centre-left candidate Franco Marini fell well short of the required majority in the first round of voting.

A third vote will be held on Friday morning, also requiring a two-thirds majority. Starting from the fourth vote a simple majority would be sufficient for a candidate to be elected.

(Reuters)

 

Date created : 2013-04-18

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