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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.