Giorgio Napolitano

Workers prepare the Montecitorio square for the arrival of the re-elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Rome on April 22, 2013.

AFP/Fillipo Monteforte

Workers prepare Palazzo Montecitorio for the arrival of re-elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Rome. The 87-year-old Mr Napolitano prepared to be sworn in for an unprecedented second term, amid hopes of an end to a deadlock on forming a new government. Mr Napolitano is due to take his presidential oath in parliament, but the usually grandiose ceremony has been stripped down in line with a sombre mood in times of austerity in Rome.