Italy's president hints at possible retirement date

December 16, 2014 7:17 PM

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Italy's president hints at possible retirement date

ROME (Reuters) - Giorgio Napolitano, Italy's 89-year-old president who helped to guarantee the country's political stability during a period of upheaval, hinted on Tuesday he might retire early next year.

Italy's head of state is a largely ceremonial figure but Napolitano, a former communist first elected in 2006, helped to steer the country through the euro zone crisis.

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