Former Italian Minister Franco Frattini dies

with Silvio Berluconi he was twice Minister of Foreign Affairs; He also served as European Commissioner for Justice, and in January was elected President of the Council of State

Palestinian Authority
Angel Gomez Fuentes

Franco Frattini, judge and politician with a long career, deputy and minister several times in the center and right-of-center governments, and former European commissioner, died on Saturday at the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, at the age of 65. He has been fighting cancer for a long time. In January of this year, he was elected president of the Council of State, the advisory body for Italian administrative justice. At that time, the right-wing coalition had also indicated to him, in the complex negotiations between the political parties, as one of the possible names for the presidency of the republic, to replace him. Sergio Mattarellaa nomination that did not materialize later, because in the end the political forces agreed to confirm Mattarella.

Born in Rome, where he graduated in law, Frattini became a state lawyer and later formed part of the Council of State, of which he became president many years later. He started his political career as a government minister Lamberto DennyAt the beginning of 1995, he assumed the presidency of the General Administration and Regional Affairs. as a fighter Forza Italiamatch BerlusconiFrattini was elected to Parliament in several legislative bodies. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs in the last government headed by Cavaliere between 2008 and 2011. Before he also took over the Italian diplomacy, always in the executive position of Berlusconi, between 2002 and 2004. This period was particularly delicate: Italy supported the US invasion of Iraq, the majority of Berlusconi’s government decisive in parliament to approve the shipment of about 3,200 Italian soldiers to the country. Dozens of Italians were killed in military operations in Iraq. Italy’s support for the United States in Iraq was controversial and harshly criticized by public opinion. Franco Frattini also served as Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Security and Freedom between 2004 and 2008, under the presidency of José Manuel Barroso.

Upon learning of his death, Franco Frattini was praised by politicians from across the parliamentary spectrum for his service to the institutions. “Frattini’s death saddens me deeply,” said the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella. His disappearance deprives the Republic of an outstanding hero who in recent years has made an important contribution to the life of our institutions. Silvio Berlusconi was one of the first to express his condolences on the death of his former minister: “Franco Frattini was a true servant of the state: in Italy and abroad, he was appreciated by all for the competence he showed both in the role of European Commissioner as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs; Berlusconi wrote on Instagram.” He will always be remembered for his great ability to tackle complex problems with a smile.”

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