Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria's former city government appeals ejection

Town administrators contest mafia ties

Reggio Calabria's former city government appeals ejection

Reggio Calabria, November 5 - The former city administration of Reggio Calabria said Monday it is appealing to the Regional Administrative Court (TAR) after it was sacked over allegations of mafia ties. One month ago, the Italian government dissolved the local government in Reggio Calabria for mafia connections. Interior Minister Annamaria Cancellieri said then that it was the first time in Italian history that the city council of a provincial capital was dissolved. The members of the former council - including former mayor Demetrio Arena - say they have consulted parliamentarians and all agree that the action was unfair. Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party has been especially supportive, he added. "I have to say thanks to the PdL," said Arena. "The party has been very attentive to what is happening in Reggio and has put in place a strong institutional commitment to dialogue". The PdL itself has been plagued with scandal in recent months. Reggio Calabria is the biggest city in Italy's southern Calabria region. The Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta is now the most powerful mafia in Italy, thanks to its hold on the European cocaine trade.

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