Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Lawyer Silvia Enrico replaces discredited Oscar Giannino

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Rome, February 20 - Lawyer Silvia Enrico is taking
over the helm of Italy's small free-market-oriented Stop the
Decline party, its 18-member national directorate announced on
Wednesday.
The directorate met to discuss what to do over its gadfly
leader Oscar Giannino's false claim he got a master's degree
from the prestigious University of Chicago.
Giannino, who admitted guilt, quit on Wednesday.
"Irrevocable resignation," tweeted Giannino in a move
pundits say could boost ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's bid for
re-election.
"It is a clean-cut rule: he who errs pays. It should hold
in politics and with public money," continued Giannino, who
called his own error "private".
"Now down to pound left, right and centre," he tweeted.
"Giannino did not want to listen to reason, he was
adamant," the party directorate explained.
The scandal broke less than a week before Italians were due
to go to the polls for general elections.
Party figure Luigi Zingales, a professor at the University
of Chicago Booth School of Business, denounced Giannino's false
claim to hold a master's from the same institution and resigned
from the party in protest.
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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