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Mussolini sports 'The Devil Wears Prodi' shirt to vote

Center left boos conservative MP during presidential ballot

Mussolini sports 'The Devil Wears Prodi' shirt to vote

Rome, April 19 - Alessandra Mussolini, the conservative MP and granddaughter of Benito Mussolini, sparked boos and hisses from the center left when she wore a shirt mocking former premier and presidential candidate Romano Prodi during a vote in parliament Friday. "The devil wears Prodi," read the shirt that Mussolini wore as she entered the floor. Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani proposed former European Commission president Prodi after the PD's first candidate, ex-Senate Speaker Franco Marini, failed to prevail in the first presidential ballot on Thursday because of an internal party rift. Marini had been the consensus candidate of both the center left and center right, and former premier Silvio Berlusconi of the conservative People of Freedom (PdL) party called the PD traitors for the volte-face. Prodi has long been ruled out by Berlusconi, who was twice beaten by his political nemesis in elections.

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