Saturday, January 31, 2015

BREAKING: Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella elected Italian president

Sergio Mattarella

New Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in this Jan. 4, 2001

Little-known constitutional court judge Sergio Mattarella was elected Italy's new president on Saturday after four rounds of voting by lawmakers and regional representatives.

The 73-year-old Sicilian, who enjoyed the backing of centre-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, succeeds the hugely popular Giorgio Napolitano, 89, who is stepping down because of his advanced age.