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Former Italian president and premier Ciampi dies

Former Italian premier and president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi has died at the age of 95 after a long illness.

Mr Ciampi, who died on Friday, served as both premier of Italy, in 1993-94 when he headed a technocratic government, and as president, from 1999-2006.

He was also governor of the Bank of Italy for 14 years and a senator for life. The Italian Senate confirmed his death.

Premier Matteo Renzi paid tribute to Mr Ciampi, recalling him as "a man of the institutions who served Italy with passion".

The news agency Ansa, citing his doctor, said the senator been cared for in recent days at the Pio XI hospital in Rome after his condition worsened.



From Belfast Telegraph