|Deputy Prime Minister of Italy|
28 April 2013
|Prime Minister||Enrico Letta|
|Preceded by||Massimo D'Alema
|Minister of the Interior|
28 April 2013
|Prime Minister||Enrico Letta|
|Preceded by||Anna Maria Cancellieri|
|Minister of Justice|
8 May 2008 – 27 July 2011
|Prime Minister||Silvio Berlusconi|
|Preceded by||Luigi Scotti|
|Succeeded by||Nitto Francesco Palma|
|Secretary of People of Freedom|
1 June 2011 – 25 October 2013
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Position discontinued|
31 October 1970 |
|Political party||New Centre-Right
People of Freedom
|Alma mater||Università Cattolica Milano
University of Palermo
Angelino Alfano (born 31 October 1970) is an Italian politician who has served in the government of Italy as deputy prime minister and minister of interior since 28 April 2013. Previously he was minister of justice from 2008 to 2011 as part of the Berlusconi IV Cabinet. He served as the secretary of the centre-right party The People of Freedom (PdL) from 2011 to 2013.
Early life and education
Angelino Alfano was born in Agrigento, Sicily on 31 October 1970; his father, Angelo Alfano, was a lawyer and former local politician who also held the position of deputy mayor of Agrigento. After receiving a law degree from Milan's Università Cattolica and a doctorate in Corporate law from the University of Palermo, Alfano started his political experience in politics with the Christian Democracy party.
After some years in the Christian Democracy party, Alfano joined Forza Italia, the new centre-right party founded by Silvio Berlusconi, in 1994 and was elected to the Agrigento Province Council. In 1996, Alfano was the youngest member elected to the Sicilian Regional Assembly. In 2001, he became a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, after the victory of the centre-right House of Freedoms coalition led by Berlusconi in the 2001 general election. From 2005 to 2008 he also held the position of regional coordinator in Sicily of the Forza Italia party.
After the 2008 elections victory by the Berlusconi-led centre-right coalition, Alfano was again elected to Parliament. In May 2008, aged 37, he became the youngest Minister of Justice in the history of the Italian Republic.
The so-called Lodo Alfano, named after him, was a piece of legislation in force between 2008 and 2009 that granted immunity from prosecution to the four highest political offices in Italy (President of the Republic, Presidents of the two Houses of Parliament, and President of the Council of Ministers). It was widely criticised as a copy of the Lodo Schifani, declared unconstitutional in 2004, and was seen by critics as an ad personam law aimed primarily at stopping trials involving Berlusconi. The Lodo Alfano was declared unconstitutional by the Italian Constitutional Court in October 2009.
After the People of Freedom party lost both local elections in Milan and Naples, and also suffered a defeat at the 2011 referendums, on 1 June 2011 Angelino Alfano was appointed Political Secretary of the People of Freedom by party President Silvio Berlusconi in order to reorganise and lead it in the next election. He was later elected to that post by the July 1 meeting of the party's National Council.
In 2002, La Repubblica reported the presence of Alfano at the 1996 wedding of the daughter of Croce Napoli (died 2001), believed by investigators to be the Mafia boss of Palma di Montechiaro, as shown on an amateur video of the party. Alfano, then a deputy of the Sicilian Regional Assembly, was greeted with affection by Croce Napoli. Alfano at first told La Repubblica he had "no memory or recollection of this wedding" and that "I never participated in a wedding of Mafia or of their children, I do not know his wife, Gabriella, and I've never heard of Mr. Croce Napoli who was said to be boss of Palma di Montechiaro." Later he said that he remembered that he was actually at the wedding but had been invited by the groom and did not know the bride and her family.
In 2013, he was threatened with a no-confidence motion, since under his watch as interior minister he expelled back to Kazakhstan the wife and 6-year-old daughter of an exiled opponent of Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The expulsion has been linked to Italy's commercial interests in the oil- and gas-rich republic.
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- Governo Italiano - Biografia del ministro Angelino Alfano Biography (Italian)
- Sentenza n. 292/2009, Consulta Online, 7 October 2009
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- "Italy PM-designate Enrico Letta agrees new government". BBC. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- Francesco Viviano (5 February 2002). "Il bacio pericoloso di Alfano". La Repubblica. p. 1. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
- Francesco Viviano (6 February 2002). "Alfano ricorda: 'Ero amico dello sposo". La Repubblica. p. 6. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
- "Shirtsleeve time". The Economist (London and Rome). 20 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- Italian politics: Nursultan Nazarbayev's chum in Italy The Economist 16 July 2013
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