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Civic Revolution party led by anti-mafia prosecutor folds

Poor election result prompts move

Civic Revolution party led by anti-mafia prosecutor folds

Rome, May 2 - Italy's left-wing Civic Revolution party led by former anti-Mafia prosecutor Antonio Ingroia will fold after performing poorly in February's general elections, its founders said in a statement on Thursday. ''The people who created Civic Revolution have unanimously decided to consider this experience over,'' said a statement by the party, which was founded in December and failed to win a seat in parliament. ''The unsatisfactory result at last February's political elections have induced members to a deep reflection on the new political phase''. Prior to running for elected office, Ingroia served as an anti-Mafia public prosecutor in Palermo and then briefly as head of a UN project on narcotraffic in Guatemala. His decision to go into politics sparked controversy related to allegations of political bias within some parts of the judiciary. Ingroia was appointed deputy prosecutor in the northwestern city of Aosta after the election. Thursday's statement was signed by Ingroia and leading members of the dissolving party, including Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris and the founder of the Italy of Values Party, Antonio Di Pietro, both former public prosecutors.

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