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Fo says Brunetta would need high chair to be sworn in

Nobel laureate sparks protests from Berlusconi's party

26 April, 20:21
Fo says Brunetta would need high chair to be sworn in (ANSA) - Rome, April 26 - Italian Nobel Literature Laureate Dario Fo sparked huge protests from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party on Friday when he said one of its senior figures would need a "high chair" to be sworn in as minister.

The comment was directed at PdL House whip Renato Brunetta, a former civil service minister who has been named as a possible member of a cabinet in the left-right government Enrico Letta of the Democratic Party (PD) is expected to form.

Brunetta is very short.

"The first thing I would do if Brunetta were to be sworn in would be to get a high chair so he could be at the right level, be up to the situation," Fo, an actor-playwriter who won the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature, said on Italian radio. Fo, 87, is a high-profile supporter of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) that captured around a quarter of the vote in February's inconclusive general election.

He recently made a shortlist of M5S candidates to be head of State. PdL Secretary Angelino Alfano led the counter-attack.

"Dario Fo's words are striking for the gratuitous vulgarity of a person who clearly has little sense of politics and offends people with impunity," Alfano said. "We are ashamed on his behalf".