Aldo Aniasi

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The Honourable
Aldo Aniasi
Minister of Health
In office
4 April 1980 – 26 June 1981
Prime Minister Francesco Cossiga,
Arnaldo Forlani
Preceded by Renato Altissimo
Succeeded by Renato Altissimo
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
In office
5 July 1976 – 14 April 1994
Constituency Milan
17th Mayor of Milan
In office
16 November 1967 – 12 May 1976
Preceded by Pietro Bucalossi
Succeeded by Carlo Tognoli
Personal details
Born (1921-05-31)31 May 1921
Palmanova, Italy
Died 27 August 2005(2005-08-27)
Milan, Italy
Political party Italian Communist Party
Italian Democratic Socialist Party
Italian Socialist Party
Democrats of the Left
Profession Surveyor
Religion None

Aldo Aniasi, OMRI[1] (31 May 1921 – 27 August 2005) was an Italian politician.


Aniasi was born in Palmanova, in Friuli. In 1943 he joined the Brigate Garibaldi, the paramilitary wing of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) in the Italian resistance. He fought in Piedmont, in Valsesia and Ossola. In 1945 he was briefly the lieutenant for the National Liberation Committee in Milan.

After the war Aniasi left the PCI, adhering (after 1947) to the Italian Democratic Socialist Party (PSDI). Aniasi was a councilman of Milan from 1951 to 1967, when he became Mayor of the city following the resignation of Pietro Bucalossi; he contributed to Bucalossi's fall by leaving the PSDI to join the Italian Socialist Party (PSI).[2] Mayor during the "Years of Lead", Aniasi was often in disagreement with the prefect Libero Mazza: while the former supported law and order policies against the Red Brigades and other terrorists, Aniasi supported disarming the police instead. Aniasi was also criticized for seemingly downplaying terrorism.

In 1976, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, where he remained until 1994. In the 1980s, he was Minister of Health in the Cossiga II and Forlani Cabinets. As Minister, he created the National Health Service.

After 1994, he left politics temporarily before joining the Democrats of the Left (DS), becoming a member of its directive council. He died in Milan in 2005 and is buried at the city's Monumental Cemetery.[3]