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Italian lawmakers reelect a reluctant president Sergio Mattarella

By Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli

29 Jan 2022 · 4 min read

ROME - Italian President Sergio Mattarella, 80, had made it clear he did not want to be reelected. He said he was looking forward to the chance to "rest." As if to drive home the point, his spokesman last week posted a social media photo of the moving boxes in the presidential palace.

Saturday, Italy's politicians reelected him anyway.

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