Pino Romualdi

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Giuseppe "Pino" Romualdi' (24 July 1913, Predappio – 21 May 1988, Rome) was an Italian right-wing politician who served both the Partito Fascista Repubblicano and the Movimento Sociale Italiano. He was the subject of frequent rumours that he was the biological son of Benito Mussolini although no proof has been given.[1]

Romualdi served as a soldier in the Italian Army in the campaigns in Ethiopia and Albania and did not come to prominence in politics until the foundation of the Italian Social Republic in 1943. Here he served as a delegate to the Congress of Verona (1943) and edited the Gazzetta di Parma newspaper.

In the immediate aftermath of the Second World War he became involved in terrorist activity and in 1946 was a founder of the neo-fascist Forze Armate Rivoluzionarie. However he left this movement, along with his close ally Pino Rauti at the end of the same year to become a leading figure in the new Italian Social Movement.[2] He would go on to become associated with the 'liberal' wing of the party that helped to secure the leadership for Giorgio Almirante. He served in the Italian Chamber of Deputies from 1953 to 1979 and then in the Italian Senate from 1983 to 1987.[3]

Romualdi was elected to the European Parliament at the 1979 election and held his seat until his death. He became a leading figure within the far right, serving as vice chair of the Group of the European Right from 1984-1988.[4]

He died of cancer in 1988, around the same time as his contemporaries Almirante and Dino Grandi.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Franco Ferraresi, Threats to Democracy - The Radical Right in Italy After the War, Princeton University Press, 1996, p. 222
  2. ^ R.J.B. Bosworth, The Oxford Handbook of Fascism, Oxford University Press, 2009, p. 589
  3. ^ Giorgio Almirante, Italian Neo-Fascist, Dies at 73
  4. ^ MEP Profile Pino ROMUALDI
  5. ^ Dino Grandi profile