President Napolitano's office says he won't remain
Italian head of state denies interest in second term21 February, 15:21
Following national elections Sunday and Monday, the new government will select a new president, said the statement from the office of Napolitano, who is completing his seven-year term in May.
"The Parliament in joint session with representatives of the regions will elect a new president of the republic," said the note from the presidential Quirinal Palace.
"He appreciates and thanks those with confidence in him to serve a second term".
On Wednesday, outgoing Premier Mario Monti said that he was backing Emma Bonino, who, like him, is a former European commissioner, to become Italy's next president.
Bonino, 64, is a leading member of the small Radical party that promotes economic and social liberalism and champions human-rights issues.
Monti has said it would be a "great idea" to elect a woman as next Italian president.
Italy has never had a woman premier or president.