Italy's 80-year-old president wins vote to stay for another seven-year term

Sergio Mattarella previously said he didn't want to run again

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Italian president Sergio Mattarella has been elected to a second seven-year term as the country’s head of state, ending a political deadlock lasting days as party leaders struggled to choose his successor.

Earlier on Saturday, legislators had entreated the 80-year-old, who had said he did not want a second term in office, to change his mind and agree to re-election after a vote in parliament and among regional delegates.

The move followed days of fruitless efforts by political leaders to reach a consensus on a candidate.

Mr Mattarella won in the eighth round of voting when he clinched the minimum of 505 votes needed from the eligible 1,009 grand electors.