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Northern League calls for Idem to resign over taxes

Sports minister in trouble over taxes on home, gym in Ravenna

19 June, 19:03
Northern League calls for Idem to resign over taxes (ANSA) - Rome, June 19 - Italy's Northern League demanded the resignation of sports minister Josefa Idem Wednesday over news reports suggesting she evaded taxes.

The League presented a motion of no confidence in Idem, who is also minister of equal opportunities, referring as well to her birth in Germany.

A retired international athlete, Idem won five Olympic medals as a sprint canoeist including the gold she won in Sydney in 2000.

According to media reports, she maintained two residences in the Ravenna area, one apparently fitted out as a commercial gym, but avoided paying all the relevant taxes.

Idem referred questions to her lawyer.

Although Idem is new to cabinet, she has some political experience.

From 2001 to 2007 she served as Ravenna city councillor delegate for sports, as member of the centre-left Olive Tree alliance.

She then became a member of the Democratic Party (PD), and was tapped as a parliamentary candidate for the Senate after winning the party's 2012 primary elections.