Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella elected Italian president

Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge from Sicily who has come to symbolise Italy`s battle against organised crime, was on Saturday elected the country`s president.

Italy's new president: A quiet man marked by tragedy

Italy's new president is a white-haired Sicilian who might never have got anywhere near the corridors of power but for the Mafia killing of his beloved elder brother.

Italian president quits before end of tenure

 Italian President Giorgio Napolitano resigned on Wednesday after almost nine years in office, before completion of his second tenure.

Italy`s Napolitano, an ex-communist who rose above the fray

 Italy`s Giorgio Napolitano, who announced on Wednesday that he is cutting short his second term as president, is an former communist with formidable political skills and a reputation for neutrality.

Italy`s President Napolitano resigns kicking off election
Italy`s President Napolitano resigns kicking off election

 Italy`s veteran President Giorgio Napolitano resigned on Wednesday, setting the stage for the election of a new head of state, a thorny process which could prove a political headache for Matteo Renzi`s government.

Italian president to step down `within hours`: PM

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is to step down "within hours," well before the 2020 expiry of his term, Italy`s Premier Matteo Renzi said Tuesday, setting the stage for an uncertain search for a successor.

Italian president Napolitano to step down in hours: PM Renzi

 Italian President Giorgio Napolitano will step down in hours, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Tuesday, opening up a delicate political process to name a new head of state.

Italy President says he will step down soon

 Italy`s 89-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano said on Wednesday that he would step down soon because of his age, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi facing a delicate political challenge to replace him.

Italy's 89-year-old president to step down soon

Italy's president says he will resign soon, keeping a promise he made last year when he accepted an unprecedented second term as head of state when squabbling lawmakers couldn't agree on a successor.

Italian presidency race begins as Napolitano to quit within weeks

 Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has announced he will leave office within weeks, well before the expiry of his term in 2020, setting the stage for the election of a new head of state.

Matteo Renzi formally accepts Italy PM post

Italy`s Matteo Renzi formally accepted the role of prime minister on Friday, kicking off hopes for a revival in the eurozone`s third-largest economy, which has been damaged by a deep recession.

Italy`s PM nominee Renzi races to form coalition

Italy`s new prime minister designate Matteo Renzi began talks on Tuesday to try to form a coalition, a day after promising quick reforms to get the eurozone`s third biggest economy moving again.

Matteo Renzi to be picked as Italy`s youngest PM

Italian leftist leader Matteo Renzi is to be nominated Italy`s youngest-ever prime minister on Monday after a daring power grab that has been welcomed by investors but has left many Italians skeptical.

Italy`s Renzi readies for power but faces daunting task

Matteo Renzi is one step from becoming Italy`s youngest-ever prime minister after swiftly dispatching Enrico Letta in a party coup, but the manner of his political triumph could make it harder to carry out the bold reforms needed to resurrect the economy.

Italy tipped to get its youngest PM as talks on to form new govt

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano began consultations to form a new government Friday, following resignation of Prime Minister Enrico Letta.

Italian PM Letta resigns, opening way for Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced his resignation Thursday after his own party voted for a change of government, with 39-year-old leftist Matteo Renzi now expected to replace him.

Italy Parliament rejects bid to impeach President Napolitano

Italy`s parliament on Tuesday rejected a bid by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement to impeach President Giorgio Napolitano, but opposition lawmakers kept up their attacks on the 88-year-old head of state.

Italy blasts India`s handling of marines case as `contradictory`

Ahead of hearing of the case in India’s apex court, Italy has blasted India’s handling of the case of the two Italian marines as "contradictory and disconcerting”.

Marines` trial in India hits new snag: Italian Prez Napolitano

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said trial of two marines in India over the killing of two Indian fishermen has run into new "difficulty" because of upcoming general elections in that country.

Mafia death threat shows Italy still haunted by 1992 murders

A death threat by a Sicilian mafia boss against the lead prosecutor in a historic mob trial has stirred grim memories of the murders of Italy`s top prosecutors two decades ago.