Italy's parties duck fourth presidential vote, seek way out of impasse

  • World
  • Thursday, 27 Jan 2022

Ballot papers are counted after the third day of voting to elect the country's new president, in Rome, Italy, January 26, 2022. Alberto Pizzoli/Pool via REUTERS

ROME (Reuters) -A fourth round of voting to elect a new Italian president headed for failure on Thursday after the main political blocs decided not to present any candidates as they struggled to agree on a mutually acceptable figure for the powerful role.

However, both sides indicated they wanted to speed up consultations and former prime minister Matteo Renzi predicted that a deal would be reached by Friday.

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