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UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 16, 2013.
By United Press International

New Italian prime minister sworn in

ROME, April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama sent his congratulations to Enrico Letta, who was sworn in Sunday as prime minister of Italy.

Italians finally form new government after negotiations

ROME, April 27 (UPI) -- Italian leaders said they've finally formed a government after a deal between the two leading parties coming out of elections held two months ago.

Berlusconi rules out ministry post in new government

ROME, April 26 (UPI) -- People of Freedom Party leader Silvio Berlusconi said he wouldn't be a minister in the government being formed by Democratic Party leader Enrico Letta.

Italian center-left party reaches out to center-right for coalition

ROME, April 25 (UPI) -- Members of Italy's center-left Democratic Party reached out to other parties Thursday to try to end the political deadlock caused by inconclusive elections.

Italy's Democratic Party leader gets mandate to form government

ROME, April 24 (UPI) -- Italian President Giorgio Napolitano Wednesday gave a mandate to form a new government to Enrico Letta, deputy secretary of the center-left Democratic Party.

Italy's president: Political gridlock inexcusable

ROME, April 23 (UPI) -- Italy's president said inexcusable political gridlock led to his re-election, then scheduled a Tuesday meeting with party leaders to choose a prime minister.
55 percent of Italians say they support President Giorgio Napolitano

55 percent of Italians say they support President Giorgio Napolitano

ROME, April 22 (UPI) -- More than half of Italy supports the re-election of President Giorgio Napolitano, a survey released Monday indicates.

Giorgio Napolitano becomes first Italian president to be re-elected

ROME, April 21 (UPI) -- Giorgio Napolitano has become the first Italian president ever to be re-elected after members of his Democratic Party failed to agree on a successor.

Italian train operator says Frecciarossa 1000 is world's fastest

ROME, April 20 (UPI) -- The operator of Italy's new high speed Frecciarossa 1000 says the train can travel at 223 mph, making it the fastest in the world.

Berlusconi seeks delay of hearing

ROME, April 16 (UPI) -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi asked Tuesday for a court hearing to be postponed so he can vote in the presidential election.
Berlusconi says he would support center-left candidate to end deadlock

Berlusconi says he would support center-left candidate to end deadlock

ROME, April 12 (UPI) -- Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says he may back a Democratic Party presidential candidate if the center-left party teams up with his party.

Italy pardons U.S. defendant in CIA case

ROME, April 6 (UPI) -- Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has pardoned a retired U.S. Air Force officer convicted in Italy in the abduction of a Muslim cleric.

Italy: Napolitano not stepping down early

ROME, March 30 (UPI) -- Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, whose term expires in May, said Saturday he will not step down early as a way to end a political deadlock in his country.
Berlusconi calls for coalition

Berlusconi calls for coalition

ROME, March 29 (UPI) -- Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi called on center-left President Giorgio Napolitano to form a ruling coalition between the two leaders' parties.
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Giorgio Napolitano
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) shakes hands with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on December 11, 2007. (UPI Photo/Carol T. Powers/POOL)

Giorgio Napolitano (Italian pronunciation: ; born 29 June 1925) is an Italian politician and former lifetime senator, the 11th and current President of the Italian Republic. His election took place on 10 May 2006, and his term started with the swearing-in ceremony held on 15 May 2006. He is the first President of Italy to have been a member of the Italian Communist Party.

Giorgio Napolitano was born in Naples. In 1942 he matriculated at the University of Naples Federico II. He adhered to the local Giovent├╣ Universitaria Fascista ("University Fascist Youth"), where he met his core group of friends, who shared his opposition to Italian fascism. As he would later state, the group "was in fact a true breeding ground of anti-fascist intellectual energies, disguised and to a certain extent tolerated".

A theatre enthusiast since high school, during his university years he contributed a theatrical review to the IX Maggio weekly magazine, and had small parts in plays organized by the Giovent├╣ Universitaria Fascista itself. He played in a comedy by Salvatore Di Giacomo at Teatro Mercadante in Naples. Napolitano dreamed of being an actor and spent his early years performing in several productions at the Teatro Mercadante. He later measured himself against Joyce and Eliot.

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