Claudio Durigon is no longer Undersecretary of Economy of the Government of Mario Draghi . The politician of the ultra-conservative Liga , leader in the Lazio region of the formation, has finally submitted his resignation.
After three weeks of heated discussions caused by his request that a public park in the city of Latina be renamed Arnaldo Mussolini – in honor of the brother of the late dictator Benito Mussolini-, whose name was changed in 2017 by decision of the current municipal government.
The dismissal, which thus buries an annoying controversy for Draghi before the resumption of the political course after the summer break, has come after Matteo Salvini himself , the head of the League, hinted that he was no longer going to protect his subordinate.
Members of this party, in particular the current close to the powerful governor of Veneto, Luca Zaia , criticized the already former undersecretary for his proposal to change the name of a park that today also bears the name of Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone , two prosecutors heroes killed by the Sicilian Cosa Nostra in the 90s.
A circumstance, this, which anti-mafia associations interpreted as a nod to the Italian mafias, which ended up removing the Teutonic plates of Italian politics, although Durigon later apologized and claimed to have been exploited.
“I have made a mistake, although in good faith. This saddens me, but I am prepared to pay the price, because I’m sorry,” the politician again justified himself, explaining his resignation.
“I am not, and never was, a fascist. I will always be against all dictatorship and totalitarian ideology, right and left. I grew up in a family that had Christian values as a compass,” added the League politician who, despite From his words, he did not waste the opportunity to defend the recovery of the Pontinas Lagoons .
This is an area that was completely drained and enabled for agriculture in the fascist era, something that almost a century later certain sectors of the Italian extreme right still claim.
Giuseppe Conte , leader of the 5 Star Movement (M5S), one of the main parties that support the Draghi Government, has celebrated the news. “We had indicated that he could not remain in his post,” said the former Italian prime minister.
“Good politics can never be separated from public ethics,” argued Conte, who in recent days had been one of those who have most strongly called for Durigon’s resignation. A case in which the Italian newspaper ‘Il Fatto Quotidiano’ had organized an online petition that reached more than 162,000 signatures.
“The resignation of Claudio Durigon is excellent news for democracy and antifascism. In no way can the victims of fascism be ignored or outrage fundamental figures in the fight against the mafia such as Falcone and Borsellino,” he said, along the same lines.
The president of the National Association of Italian Partisans (ANPI), Gianfranco Pagliarulo.Thus closes a case about which Mario Draghi has avoided speaking publicly. A behavior very much in the style of the former president of the European Central Bank (ECB), marked by austere and prudent communication.