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March 21, 2023

Italy minister quits over corruption scandal

Italian junior minister Carlo Malinconico has resigned because of his connections with a businessman now being investigated for corruption, the BBC said. At least part of his bills were allegedly paid for at a five-star hotel in the Tuscan resort of Il Pellicano in 2007 and 2008, newspaper reports said. Malinconico, 61, insists he had tried to pay the bill but was told that someone else had dealt with it. Newspapers identified the man behind the payment as businessman Francesco Maria De Vito Piscicelli, under investigation for building contracts secured in the aftermath of the 2008 Aquila earthquake.

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