Mussolini's granddaughter wins the most votes in Rome local elections

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Mussolini's Granddaughtersource: The Times

Rachele Mussolini, who is the granddaughter of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini has won the most votes in the municipal elections in Rome. She is a member of the political party named Fratelli D'Italia, which translates to "Brother of Italy". This party was founded in 2012 and is notorious for being a far-right and a Eurosceptic party.

Support for Fratelli D’Italia has been rising steadily over recent years. According to a survey on Wednesday, the party was the second most popular in Italy. ⁣ The party has roots in postwar neofascism and, after formerly being somewhat of a fringe party, is rising in popularity.

This year, Rachele Mussolini won 8,200 votes, compared to only 657 in 2016. She says that her success is because of her own efforts and not because of her surname.

“In the past, I got interviewed only because of my family name,” Rachele Mussolini told the press. “During my last term they started asking about the initiatives I promoted on the city council. I’ve worked hard.”

Rachelle has told the press that she often faced challenges throughout her life for having such a notorious surname.

“At school they used to point at me, but then Rachelle emerged and the person prevails over a surname, however burdensome that surname is. I have many friends on the left and I am certain that one of them voted for me," Mussolini said when speaking with the Italian publication La Repubblica.

“In the past, I got interviewed only because of my family name,” Rachele Mussolini told the press. “During my last term they started asking about the initiatives I promoted on the city council. I’ve worked hard.”

Source: The Washington Post

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