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Italian right may conquer Rome for first time in six decades

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posted on Apr, 26 2008 @ 04:49 AM
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Italian right may conquer Rome for first time in six decades


www.independent.co.uk

Sixty-five years after the fall of Mussolini, the fascists are back at the gates of Rome. Leading the charge is Gianni Alemanno, a firebrand leader of Italy's neo-fascists, whose promise to get tough with illegal immigrants is threatening to knock the left out of city hall when Rome votes in the second round of the mayoral election this weekend.

The fact there is even going to be a run-off vote is a major embarrassment to the left. Last time around, its candidate Walter Veltroni won outright, capturing nearly two-thirds of the votes. But this year, the centre-left candidate Francesco Rutelli, who ran Rome between 1993 and 2001, won just 46 per cent with Mr Alemanno on 40 per cent and forcing a second round.
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posted on Apr, 26 2008 @ 04:49 AM
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The National Alliance do have an extreme past, and are represented at the European Parliament I believe. Benito Mussolini's granddaughter is involved in the party too (I think) and she is a MEP (Member of the European Parliament).

Some will say Italy is a classic example of why proportional representation is not a good system because it allows the election of fascists and communists.

But isn't that the name of democracy? Having the right to elect individuals who represent your views?

However, Italian election rules are designed to prevent a majority (to stop another Mussolini from taking power)

It will be interesting to see what happens if a fascist takes power in Rome.

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