Monday, June 24, 2013

 

Italy minister resigns over tax woes

Italian Minister for Sports Josefa Idem resigned Monday after admitting there were problems with tax payments on one of her residences.


 Italy minister resigns: Italian Minister for Sports Josefa Idem
AP Photo: Alessandra Tarantino. Italian Minister for Sports Josefa Idem
ROME —Italy's equal opportunities minister, a German-born, eight-time Olympic kayaker, has resigned over tax troubles in a case with both racist and sexist overtones.

A statement from Premier Enrico Letta's office said Josefa Idem handed in her resignation Monday, which was accepted.

Idem was embroiled in controversy after admitting to irregularities in the tax payments on one of her residences.

The anti-immigrant Northern League party had led the charge against Idem, with one party official, Mario Borghezio, calling her a "whore."

Another local Northern League official recently suggested that another immigrant Cabinet member, Congolese-born Cecile Kyenge, be raped — an indication of the level of political discourse in Italy these days.AP

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