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In a surprise announcement, 88-year-old Italian President Sandro Pertini said he will not seek another seven-year term in a ballot of electors starting June 24. Until recently, the popular Pertini, a Socialist, was expected to try for reelection despite his advanced years. But last Wednesday, the dominant Christian Democrats called for the replacement of Pertini with its own candidate. Many Italian newspapers identified Senate President Francesco Cossiga, a former prime minister, as the Christian Democrats’ most likely choice.


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