Former Italian Senate President Franco Marini passes away

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Former Italian Senate President Franco Marini, also a renowned trade unionist, passed away aged 87.

A popular figure, Marini had also occupied the roles of CISL Secretary-General, Labour Minister as well as Secretary of the Italian Popular Party.

He passed away in Rome, after being hospitalised a few days ago in a clinic within the capital.

European Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said that Marini “has accompanied democractic Catholic politicians towards the new century”.

Piergluigi Castagnetti, a former Democrazia Cristiana stalwart, described Marini as a strong and loyal personality who had democracy and justice close to his heart.

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