Italy lawmakers fail to elect president in first vote

January 29, 2015 5:39 PM

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Italy lawmakers fail to elect president in first vote

ROME (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers failed to elect a state president in the first round of voting on Thursday, with no candidate coming close to the required threshold of two thirds of those eligible to vote.

Before the first round of voting closed, more than one third of the 1,009 parliamentarians and regional officials had cast a blank ballot.

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