Italian President Giorgio Napolitano resigns

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano resigns
# 14 January 2015 10:05 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Rufat Ahmadzada – APA. Giorgio Napolitano, who has been president of Italy since 2006, is expected to resign from office in the coming hours, Deutsche Welle reports.

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano would resign from office "within hours," Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced Tuesday.

Napolitano, 89, said in December that he would like to resign because of age-related health problems. He had been widely expected to step down after the end of Italy's six-month presidency of the European Union, which also concludes on Tuesday.

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