Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Lazio Regional Govenor Polverini steps down

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(ANSA) - Rome, Septemeber 25 - Lazio Governor Renata
Polverini of former premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party resigned from the scandal-plagued Regional
Council vowing to "expose" misdeeds in her party's finances.
"From today on I can say everything I have seen," said
Polverini at a press conference Tuesday evening.
Pressure has been mounting Polverini to quit because of a
regional corruption scandal that erupted earlier this month when
the PdL's then regional chief, Franco Fiorito, was placed under
investigation for suspected embezzlement of party funds.
Investigators are looking at around 800,000 euros of
financial transactions linked to Fiorito.
On Sunday councillors for the main parties in opposition in
the regional assembly, the centre-left Democratic Party, the
leftist SEL and the anti-graft IdV, quit in protest at the
scandal.
Polverini met PdL Secretary Angelino Alfano, who last week
said the governor was a "victim", in the House on Monday for
talks on the crisis caused by the case.
The scandal is seen by many as a threat to the PdL's
chances of maintaining its position as the biggest party in
parliament in next year's general elections.
The PdL are currently trail far behind the PD in second
place in the polls.
Polverini last week hinted she would step down and said
that she had been "betrayed by a system that has existed for
years".
But she subsequently said she had "suspended" her
resignation and announced cuts in spending by local politicians
to raise up to 20 million euros to divert to health and social
services.

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