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Umberto Bossi's son Renzo says he has become a 'farmer'

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(ANSA) - Rome, July 26 - The disgraced Northern League
leader's son, Renzo Bossi, said he has become a farmer after
quitting his position as Lombardy regional councillor under a
cloud of financial scandal this spring.
"I am now a farmer," Bossi told journalists outside the
church in Lazzate after attending a funeral.
"On the other hand, one doesn't need an appointment to do
politics. Politics is also done in bars," he quipped.
Renzo Bossi's father is the former Northern League leader
Umberto Bossi, who has been under investigation for alleged
corruption since mid-May.
The firebrand politician stepped down in April after his
family was linked to probes into alleged fraud by former party
treasurer Francesco Belsito.
The elder Bossi, who in the 1980s spearheaded the movement
that eventually became the Northern League, is being probed for
fraud against the State for alleged involvement with Belsito in
irregularities in documentation to obtain reimbursements for
electoral spending.
The younger Bossi, who was being groomed for a political
career before the scandal exploded, and his brother Riccardo are
also being probed for allegedly using party funds for personal
use.
A number of high-profile League members have resigned from
their positions after it emerged that prosecutors in Milan,
Naples and Reggio Calabria launched probes into the party's
financing.
The support levels of the party, which wants greater
autonomy for wealthier northern regions and adopts far right
positions on issues such as immigration, plummeted last May in
the first round of local elections in some 1,000 Italian cities.
Umberto Bossi said at the start of May that he would run
for the League leadership again at the next party congress
although he has since reportedly agreed to let former interior
minister Roberto Maroni stand unopposed for the position.

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