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Napolitano calls for 'moral revival' after scandals

President said Italy needs real dialogue

Napolitano calls for 'moral revival' after scandals

(ANSA) - Rome, October 5 - President Giorgio Napolitano said on Friday that Italy needed a "moral revival" after a series of corruption scandals that have undermined the public's faith in the country's political class. Scandals have hit various parts of the political spectrum in recent months. At the moment ex-premier Silvio Berlisconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party is in turmoil over the case of its former caucus chief in Lazio, Franco Fiorito, who was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of embezzling public money. The head of state said he hoped dialogue could produce "a moral revival of the country that it needs today like few other times since it rediscovered liberty (after Fascism)". "The many phenomena of degradation and of sliding into illegality, together with administrative and institutional inefficiency, provoke a rejection of politics," he added. He also condemned the vitriol that is frequently seen in political debate in Italy. "There should be no more sterile conflicts and reciprocal delegitimizations that suffocate our country and our society," he said.

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