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Fo says Brunetta would need high chair to be sworn in

Nobel laureate sparks protests from Berlusconi's party

Fo says Brunetta would need high chair to be sworn in

Rome, April 26 - Italian Nobel Literature Laureate Dario Fo sparked huge protests from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party on Friday when he said one of its senior figures would need a "high chair" to be sworn in as minister. The comment was directed at PdL House whip Renato Brunetta, a former civil service minister who has been named as a possible member of a cabinet in the left-right government Enrico Letta of the Democratic Party (PD) is expected to form. Brunetta is very short. "The first thing I would do if Brunetta were to be sworn in would be to get a high chair so he could be at the right level, be up to the situation," Fo, an actor-playwriter who won the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature, said on Italian radio. Fo, 87, is a high-profile supporter of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) that captured around a quarter of the vote in February's inconclusive general election. He recently made a shortlist of M5S candidates to be head of State. PdL Secretary Angelino Alfano led the counter-attack. "Dario Fo's words are striking for the gratuitous vulgarity of a person who clearly has little sense of politics and offends people with impunity," Alfano said. "We are ashamed on his behalf".

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