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Italy: Industry Minister Guidi quits over conflict of interest claims

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By Euronews
Italy: Industry Minister Guidi quits over conflict of interest claims

<p>Italy’s Industry Minister Federica Guidi has quit over allegations of a conflict of interest after her partner was put under investigation for influence peddling.</p> <p>Phone-tapped conversations released by the police appeared to show the minister assuring her partner, businessman Gianluca Gemelli, that the government would amend legislation that could help his business activities.</p> <p>He runs companies in the oil sector.</p> <p>In her resignation letter, the minister denied any wrongdoing but said it was necessary for political reasons to step down.</p>