Italy president says he will step down soon

December 31, 2014 8:20 PM

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Italy president says he will step down soon

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's 89-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano said on Wednesday that he would step down soon because of his age, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi facing a delicate political challenge to replace him.

After dropping hints for months, Napolitano began the president's annual end-year address by saying he was speaking also to his successor, who would "soon" take his place.

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