L'Aquila mayor takes resignation back
Cialente quit over reconstruction-rigging probe22 January, 13:10
He said he had "come back to defend the city from ignoble claims that pigs are putting their snouts in the trough here". Deputy Mayor Roberto Riga was among eight people put under investigation on January 8 for alleged bribery in rebuilding contracts in the central Italian city.
Riga and the seven others allegedly took part in falsifying contracts of over one million euros and received bribes totalling 500,000 euros.
"I feel awful. I feel betrayed," said Cialente, who resigned three days later.
Two months ago a European Parliament inspector expressed concern at reports that some money spent on building homes in L'Aquila had gone to firms with links to the mafia.
L'Aquila shopkeepers and residents recently staged a public protest over government reconstruction pledges they said had not been upheld, leaving their city still "a ghost town" almost five years after the April 2009 quake, one of the worst in Italian history.