Italy's president Giorgio Napolitano (L) looks on, as European Parliament president Martin Schulz applauds, on February 4, 2014 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG
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Italy's parliament on Tuesday rejected a bid by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement to impeach President Giorgio Napolitano, but opposition lawmakers kept up their attacks on the 88-year-old head of state.Napolitano, widely credited with steering Italy through the turbulence of the euro zone crisis, has faced growing criticism from both the 5-Star Movement and Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia party. The 5-Star Movement said it would now seek support for a popular petition to bring to the floor of parliament an impeachment motion against Napolitano.Napolitano, who despite his advanced age is now serving an unprecedented second seven-year term, enjoys strong support outside Italy.
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