Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Pranksters vote showgirl and classic comedy character


Rome, April 18 - A parliamentary prankster didn't
take Thursday's first vote for Italian president seriously,
nominating a showgirl who shares the surname of the pre-ballot
favourite, ex-Senate Speaker Franco Marini.
Voluptuous TV and movie star Valeria Marini got one vote, as
did a well-loved character in Mario Monicelli's classic 1975
movie comedy Amici Miei (My Friends), fictional practical joker
'Count' Raffaello Mascetti.
Marini joined a past group of celebrity hoax nominees
including Sophia Loren who garnered one vote in 1992.
Others to gain a joke vote Thursday included the estranged
wife of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, Veronica Lario, and former
showgirl and ex-equal opportunities minister Mara Carfagna.
The ballot for the former Berlusconi minister was scrapped,
however, because she did not meet the required age of 50.
The first round of voting produced a shock as Franco Marini
was not elected because of a split in his centre-left Democratic

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