Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Free-market candidate may resign over false master's claim


Rome, February 19 - Oscar Giannino, leader of
Italy's small free-market-oriented Stop the Decline party, said
Tuesday he would step down if asked to do so by top party
management over his false claim of a master's degree from a
university in the United States.
"If it is true that people will vote for us while holding
their nose then I will leave. Tomorrow the party's national
directorate will meet to evaluate the matter. I am open to any
kind of solution," said Giannino.
The scandal broke less than a week before Italians were due
to go to the polls for general elections after party figure
Luigi Zingales, professor of entrepreneurship and finance at the
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, denounced the
false claim by Giannino to a master's from the same institution
before resigning in protest over the matter.
Stop the Decline has been campaigning largely on a
meritocracy and transparency platform.
On Tuesday Giannino admitted that he had never pursued a
master's at the University of Chicago but only an English
language course "in 1994-1995, over the summer".

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