Italian screen legend Gina Lollobrigida has said she is running in next month’s general election because she is “tired of bickering politicians”.
Lollobrigida, who turns 95 in July, is trying to become a sovereign and popular senator. Italy Party (ISP), a new Eurosceptic, anti-Mario-Draghi political coalition that opposes sending arms to Ukraine and “escalating the war on Atlanticism”.
She told Corriere della Sera that she was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, for his “way of working, for his non-violence” and that she was a “great friend” of India’s first female prime minister, Indira Gandhi. “I saw her when she came to Rome. She was an extraordinary woman. “
Lollobrigida was one of the most glamorous actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, known for the films The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Solomon and Sheba. She said last month that she was “determined to be creative” and now wanted to use that energy “for important things, especially for my country”.
The last time Lollobrigida tried to enter politics was in 1999, when she ran in the European Parliamentary elections as a candidate for Romano Prodi’s Democrats. In January this year, Italy’s Supreme Court said she needed a legal guardian to prevent people from preying on her wealth.
The symbols, movements and lists of 101 political parties were submitted to the Italian Interior Ministry for approval on Sunday ahead of the September 25 vote.
Italy’s Brothers, the far-right party leading the coalition predicted for victory, retained the neofascist tricolor flame symbol in its official logo despite calls in recent days for its removal. In an interview with Corriere della Sera on Sunday, the leader of the Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, said the party was “proud” of the flame: “It has nothing to do with fascism, but the recognition of the path taken by democracy. Right in the history of our republic,” she said.
Parties have to register names of candidates till August 22.
The Brothers of Italy remain the largest party in Italy according to the latest opinion polls, while its far-right wing and coalition partner League have taken the lead in polls in recent weeks. With Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, a close coalition could win nearly 45% of the vote, relegating his opponents.
The center-left Democratic Party (PD) has struggled to form a coalition with enough strength to stave off a right-wing landslide.
Days after breaking a coalition agreement with the PD, centrist party Azione leader Carlo Calenda joined forces with former prime minister Matteo Renzi, who leads Italia Viva, to form what he called a “third pole”. A practical alternative to right and left bi-populism”.
Berlusconi, who turns 86 four days after the vote, said last week that he plans to run for senator “to make everyone happy”.