Gianni Alemanno

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Gianni Alemanno
Alemanno Colosseo.jpg
Alemanno at the Coliseum, 2008
63rd Mayor of Rome
In office
28 April 2008 – 12 June 2013
Preceded by Walter Veltroni
Succeeded by Ignazio Marino
Minister of Agriculture
In office
11 June 2001 – 17 May 2006
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio
Succeeded by Paolo De Castro
Personal details
Born (1958-03-03) 3 March 1958 (age 56)
Bari, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party National Alliance (1996-2009)
The People of Freedom
(2009-2013)
Brothers of Italy (2013-present)
Spouse(s) Isabella Rauti

Giovanni "Gianni" Alemanno (born 3 March 1958 in Bari, Italy) is an Italian politician who from April 2008 until June 2013 was Mayor of Rome for the centre-right People of Freedom.

Career[edit]

At an early age Alemanno joined the neo-fascist/post-fascist Italian Social Movement, and he became national secretary of the youth organization of the party in 1988. After being elected regional deputy of Lazio in 1990, he was elected for the first time to the Chamber of Deputies in the 1994 general election.

In 1995 he joined the newly formed National Alliance party, which succeeded the Italian Social Movement following its repudiation of extremism. Together with Francesco Storace, he founded Social Right, a national- and social-conservative faction within National Alliance.

Between 2001 and 2006, Alemanno was Minister of Agriculture under Silvio Berlusconi (in Berlusconi's 2nd and 3rd cabinets).

Mayor of Rome[edit]

Mayor of Rome

After having been heavily defeated by Walter Veltroni in the 2006 mayoral election of Rome, in April 2008 he defeated Francesco Rutelli and became Mayor of the city. Alemanno rejected a formal alliance with the far-right party, but his critics emphasized that his victory was greeted by crowds of supporters, among them far right skinheads, who chanted "Duce! Duce!" and raised their arms in a fascist salute;[1] then Alemanno said: «People calling me Duce makes me laugh. I’m not at all fascist and I think that today the word belongs to the history books. I’ve grown to hate all forms of totalitarianism, whether of the left or of the right».[2]

In August 2008, Alemanno caused a controversy when a group of Gypsies attacked a Dutch couple that had been camping outside of Rome. The couple was beaten and robbed and the woman was raped. Alemanno stated that the couple had been "very careless" by camping in an area "forgotten by God and man" where camping was illegal.[3] Alemanno said that the attack was an isolated case, and repeated to want to crack down on crime, regaining total control of the territory.

In November 2008, Alemanno decided to build a museum dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust in a Roman park. The leader of Rome's Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici, praised the mayor for this project.[4]

Alemanno is the son-in-law of Pino Rauti, a former leader of the Italian Social Movement. He always wears a necklace with a Celtic cross.[5] He stated he wears it only as a religious symbol and because of a personal meaning for him, being a jewel worn by his friend Paolo di Nella, a far-right militant who had been killed during the 1970s Anni di Piombo.[6]

The approval of the Romans to the mayor Alemanno rose to 60% in January 2009.[7]

In February 2009 Alemanno conferred honorary citizenship to Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile.[8] In July 2009, Alemanno conferred honorary citizenship to captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.[9]

Other important measures of the Alemanno Administration were: an ordinance against prostitution in the streets,[10] an attempt to recapitalize the municipal company AMA redefining his role,[11] the census and the dismantling of six camps for nomads [12] (including the Casilino 900) setting up garrisons, thus ensuring immunizations and education for Gypsy children, and to expel illegal immigrants.[13] In August 2012 was approved the "family quotient", introduced by Alemanno to balance the waste charge according to economic situation, number of components, and any health burdens, of Roman families.[14][15]

Among the projects of Alemanno is the construction of a tourist amusement park dedicated to ancient Rome.[16][17]

In late 2014, Alemanno was investigated in the 2014 Rome corruption scandal.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio
Italian Minister of Agriculture
2001–2006
Succeeded by
Paolo De Castro
Preceded by
Walter Veltroni
Mayor of Rome
2008–2013
Succeeded by
Ignazio Marino