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Councillor resigns after Mussolini Facebook post

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Councillor resigns after Mussolini Facebook post
Benito Mussolini was Italy's dictator and longest-serving prime minister. Photo: Vituzzu/Wikicommons.
11:05 CEST+02:00
A councillor for the Democratic Party was forced to resign after praising the way former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who cooperated with Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, led the country.

Antonella Sglavo, a social services councillor for the Civitanova local authority in the central Italian region of Marche, also insulted the people of the region by saying they were the “worst kind of human beings”.

Sglavo, from Naples, was chatting with an old school friend on Facebook when she made the comments.

“I live here in Marche, which has defects of both the north and south. I will never vote for the left...Benito had lots of enemies, and lots of honour, he was right.”

Sglavo later resigned and apologized in a letter to mayor Tommaso Corvatta.

She said the comments were made during a “question and answer” session with a school friend who is known for his sympathies to the right.

“The friend is also familiar with my political orientation, and that of my family, which is diametrically opposite.” 

Benito Mussolini was Italy's dictator and longest-serving prime minister, ruling between 1922 and 1943. He once said, "democracy is beautiful in theory, in practice it is a fallacy"

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