Minister of sport resigns over tax scandal

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Josefa Idem. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP
19:45 CEST+02:00
Josefa Idem, Italy’s Minister for Equal Opportunities and Sport, resigned on Monday over allegations that she had failed to pay property tax.

Idem's resignation was announced after a meeting with Prime Minister Enrico Letta, following publication by national media of the alleged tax evasion.

German-born Idem was put under the spotlight last week when news broke that local authorities were reportedly looking into the minister's tax payments.

La Stampa newspaper stated that Idem claimed a commercial gym she owns in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna was her principle residence until February 4th 2013. The family home was put under her husband's name, the newspaper alleged. 

In response the far-right Northern League party called for Idem's resignation, while the head of the Five Star Movement, Nicola Morra, requested an explanation.

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The former Olympic medallist joined Letta's cabinet in April and previously hit the headlines for attending Sicily's Gay Pride, along with Laura Boldrini, President of the Chamber of Deputies.

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