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Italian legislators elected Christian Democrat Francesco Cossiga as the nation’s eighth president. Cossiga, 56, will be sworn in July 9 for a seven-year term in the largely ceremonial post, succeeding Sandro Pertini, 88, a Socialist. Cossiga is president of the Senate and has twice served as Italy’s prime minister. The choice, on the first ballot, again gives the Christian Democrats one of the nation’s two highest offices.


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