Italy fails to elect new president at fifth ballot -Reuters count

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Cameras are set up outside Montecitorio Palace, the lower house of Parliament, as the voting to elect the country's new President continues, in Rome, Italy January 28, 2022. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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ROME, Jan 28 (Reuters) - A fifth round of voting for Italy's new president failed to produce a winner on Friday, according to a Reuters calculation of the ongoing count.

Centre-right parties had tried to push through Senate speaker Elisabetta Casellati, from Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, for the high-standing role. read more

However, the Reuters calculation of the count showed that she had not gathered enough support to reach the necessary 505-vote threshold needed to secure victory.

Parliament will hold a second vote on Friday, scheduled to start at 1600 GMT.

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Writing by Giulia Segreti; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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