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Italian president Giorgio Napolitano submitted his resignation on 14 January, reports La Repubblica. At almost 90, Napolitano said in his last new year’s eve speech he was aware of “the growing limitations and difficulties” his age was bringing to his duty and that he would quit following of Italy’s EU presidency, which ended on 13 January. The now Senator-for-life was elected in 2006, then re-elected in 2013 — a first in Italy.

The Parliament, along with the representatives of Italy’s 20 regions, will begin voting for Napolitano’s successor on 29 January. Senate president Pietro Grasso is acting as interim president in the meantime, adds the Roman daily.