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Anti-mafia magistrate presents new Civic Action party

Ingroia says will focus on law and order, environment

02 May, 15:39
Anti-mafia magistrate presents new Civic Action party (ANSA) - Rome, May 2 - Former anti-Mafia public prosecutor Antonio Ingroia on Thursday presented his new party, called Civic Action, right after announcing the dissolution of the left-wing Civic Revolution party he founded last December. Civic Revolution failed to win a seat in parliament after a poor performance at February's general elections. Ingroia said the new movement would focus on the environment and law and order.

The magistrate, who served as an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Palermo and then briefly as the head of a UN project against drug trafficking in Guatemala, blamed the "disappointing and inadequate" election result in February to the fact that Civic Revolution had been perceived by the electorate as a "cartel of parties".

Civic Revolution included, among others, the founder of the Italy of Values Party, Antonio Di Pietro, Naples' Mayor Luigi De Magistris, both former magistrates, and Oliviero Diliberto, a veteran Italian Communist politician. Ingroia said he therefore decided to found a new party "without parties" as traditional parties "belong to history".

Civic Action, the magistrate added, will have the same programme as Civic Revolution and the same members "who accompanied me during my electoral adventure".

It will be organized in territorial groups focusing on issues relating to the environment and law and order with a national leadership coordinating them. The movement will hold its first national congress on June 22.

"Civic Action doesn't mean to be the umpteenth left-wing political movement," said Ingroia on Thursday. "Civic Action wants to create a larger political subject than the parties crowding today's politics". Ingroia is awaiting a ruling of the TAR administrative court after he appealed a decision of the judiciary's self-governing body, the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM), which appointed him as deputy prosecutor in the northwestern city of Aosta.

Val D'Aosta is the only region in which Ingroia did not stand for elected office with Civic Revolution when he stepped aside from his role as magistrate to run in February's general elections. In March, the CSM halted plans for Ingroia to head a company that rakes in taxes on behalf of the Sicilian regional government. Ingroia also said that after the administrative court's decision he will choose between continuing as a magistrate or stepping down to pursue his political career.

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