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Italy State TV: Ex-Premier Giulio Andreotti Dies

6:51 AM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
Giulio Andreotti headshot, Former Italian Prime Minister (AP)
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ROME (AP) - Italian state television says Giulio Andreotti, Italy's former seven-time premier, has died at age 94.

Andreotti was hospitalized last year with heart problems stemming from a respiratory infection.

At his prime, Andreotti was one of Italy's most powerful men: He helped draft the country's constitution after World War II, sat in parliament for 60 years and served as premier seven times. He remained a senator-for-life.

The Christian Democrat was accused of exchanging a "kiss of honor" with the Mafia's longtime No. 1 boss and indicted in what was called "the trial of the century" in Palermo in the mid-1990s. He denied any wrongdoing and was eventually cleared by Italy's highest court.

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