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Rita Borsellino

Rita Borsellino

Rita Borsellino (born 2 June 1945 in Palermo) is a Sicilian anti-Mafia activist, politician and Member of the European Parliament for the Democratic Party.[1] She is the sister of late judge Paolo Borsellino, killed by a Mafia car bomb in 1992.

Personal life and activism

Graduated in thalassaemia.

2006 regional election

In 2005, some minor parties of The Union, mainly from the radical left wing, endorsed her as candidate for the primary election. She was then backed also by the Democrats of the Left, being eventually supported by all the coalition parties, except the Daisy (Margherita) who presented another candidate, University of Catania's Dean Ferdinando Latteri. In the primary election, held on December 4, 2005, she then defeated her competitor, and gained the candidacy of the Union for the Sicilian regional election held on 28 May 2006, where she lost to incumbent governor Salvatore Cuffaro.

Later elections

In 2008 she ran for the Italian Senate as an independent with The Left – The Rainbow, but was not elected. In 2009 she headed the Sicilian Democratic Party list in the European elections, and subsequently became a Member of the European Parliament.[1] On 4 March 2012 she ran in a centre-left open primary for the post of Mayor of Palermo, but was defeated by independent candidate Fabrizio Ferrandelli.[2]


  1. ^ a b "European Parliament – Rita Borsellino". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Primarie, Ferrandelli vince per un soffio". La Repubblica. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 

External links

  • (Italian) Official website of Rita Borsellino
  • (Italian) Official website of the organization Libera
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