The granddaughter of Italy’s wartime dictator Benito Mussolini will be allowed to stand in local elections next month after a ban was overturned. It follows a decision by the country’s top administrative court. Alessandra Mussolini was initially barred after it was ruled that hundreds of signatures backing her candidacy were fake.
An electoral committee found some from people who had apparently put pen to paper on the fictitious date of February 31. The appeals court did not examine the veracity of the signatures but said forgery had not been “proven by ways allowed under the law.” It clears the way for Mussolini, head of the far-right Social Alternative party, to pursue her bid for the presidency of the Lazio region.