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Italian president buys time in political deadlock

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Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday called for political parties to come to an agreement but said Prime Minister Mario Monti will remain in office until a deadlock created by last month's elections is resolved. 

Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano answers questions during a press conference in Rome, on March 30, 2013. Napolitano on Saturday called for political parties to come to an agreement but said Prime Minister Mario Monti will remain in office until a deadlock created by last month's elections is resolved.

Napolitano also ruled out resigning -- an extreme-case scenario mooted by some analysts that would have paved the way for early elections to end the impasse from polls that left no clear winner.

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