Rachele Mussolini, granddaughter of Italy’s fascist leader Benito Mussolini, won the most votes in the local elections in Rome. After the vote, 97 percent of the votes cast were converted. – What matters is the person, not his family name – believes the politician.
Local elections were held in Italy on October 3 and 4. 47-year-old Rachele Mussolini, candidate of the national conservative party Brothers of Italy (FDI), received more than 8,200 votes according to the results from 97 percent of polling stations. This will be her second term in the city council Rome.
Mussolini’s granddaughter argues that her popularity has nothing to do with her surname. – It is the person that counts, not his family name – she said in an interview with the daily “La Repubblica”. “I have a lot of friends on the left,” she assured. At the mention of fascism, she cut the subject off. “I prefer to talk about Rome,” she said.
Rachel’s father Romano was the fourth child of the fascist leader. He was a jazz pianist and brother-in-law of film actress Sophia Loren. Rachel told La Repubblica journalists that her father had raised her in a spirit of tolerance and that he bore his name with dignity.
Another granddaughter of Benito Mussolini, Alessandra, was also involved in politics. In the previous term of the European Parliament, she was an Italian MEP from the center-right party Forza Italia.
Italian local elections
Partial local elections in Italy, including those in Rome, Milan, Naples, Bologna and Turin, are won by the center-left according to preliminary results. Where no one gets 50 percent of the vote, there will be a second round in two weeks. Voting is scheduled for October 17-18.
The mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, who comes from the Five Star Movement, is likely to fail.
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