Italian presidential vote to test Renzi government's stability

January 29, 2015 11:44 AM

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Italian presidential vote to test Renzi government's stability

ROME (Reuters) - The unity of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's party and the strength of his alliance on reforms with opposition rival Silvio Berlusconi will be tested on Thursday with a parliamentary vote to choose a new president.

Though historically a largely ceremonial figure, the Italian head of state has important powers at times of political instability, a frequent occurrence in Italy, as he or she can dissolve parliament, call elections, and pick prime ministers.

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