Napolitano re-elected Italian president
21 April 2013 Last updated at 05:54 BST
The Italian parliament has re-elected the 87-year-old president, Giorgio Napolitano, for an unprecedented second term.
He had been due to step down next month, but with a polarised parliament unable to agree on a replacement, Mr Napolitano has been voted in for another seven-year term.
His first task will be to oversee the formation of a new government after February's inconclusive elections.
The BBC's Alan Johnston said the vote was a long-drawn-out process.