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Italy’s Meloni picks Nazi-armband lawmaker as junior minister

Galeazzo Bignami is a rightist Brother of Italy lawmaker and was appointed junior infrastructure minister on Monday (1/11). After a newspaper published a picture of him wearing a Nazi swastika over his left arm, it caused outrage.

Giorgia, the prime Minister, announced Bignami’s appointment at a news conference. She is also the leader of Brothers of Italy. This group has its roots in the post-fascist Italian Social Movement (MSI).

Bignami, 47, was elected to a second term last month as a member. Bignami is a long-standing member the Italian hard right. However, he also spent part his political life in Silvio Bernlusconi’s moderate Forza Italia.

He said that he felt “profound shame” about the photos in a Monday statement and strongly condemned “any form of totalitarianism.” He also called Nazism, and all movements associated with it, “the absolute sin.”


Meloni did not comment on the 2016 photo, but she condemned the anti-Jewish and racist laws that dictator Benito Mussolini enacted in 1938. Last week, she stated to parliament that had never felt sympathy towards fascism.”

In parliament, she stated that “I have always considered 1938 (anti-Semitic race) the lowest point in Italian history.” It is a shame that will forever tarnish Our people.

Bignami will serve as infrastructure minister under Matteo Salvini, right-wing League leader and deputy prime Minister.


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