Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has agreed to put himself forward for a new term as president.
Party leaders held meetings with the 87-year-old after parliament failed for a fifth time to agree on his successor.
Napolitano was ready to stand down on May 15, but due to “ the grave situation that has arisen with successive votes,” he has been asked to reconsider his decision, according to his office.
Italy has been without a government for two months since the February election delivered an inconclusive result.
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