Giulio Andreotti, former Italian prime minister, dies aged 94
Source: Associated Press
guardian.co.uk, Monday 6 May 2013 13.59 BST
Giulio Andreotti, Italy's former seven-time premier and a symbol of postwar Italy has died at his home in Rome, Italian officials said. He was 94.
Announcing the death, the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, called Andreotti "the most representative politician" Italy had known in its recent history.
At his prime, Andreotti was one of Italy's most powerful men: he helped draft the country's constitution after the second world war, sat in parliament for 60 years and served as premier seven times. Until his death, he remained a senator-for-life.
But the Christian Democrat who was friends with popes and cardinals was also a controversial figure who survived corruption scandals and allegations of aiding the Mafia.