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Ex-porn star aims to clean up Italian politics


Published : Sept. 28, 2011 - 11:01

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ROME (AFP) - Italy's flamboyant ex-porn star and former politician Cicciolina plans to set up a new political party as the antithesis to her country's corrupt politics, according to excerpts from an interview published Tuesday.

"We want to set up an optimistic party of the future. Enough with these parties of profiteers, vote-selling, tenders and corruption!" the Hungarian-born Italian -- real name Ilona Staller -- told Oggi magazine.

"We're thinking of a party of honest people: against the military and in favour of the rights of the weak," said the 59-year-old, who became notorious for delivering campaign speeches with her breasts exposed.

"I would go among the people to listen to their problems," she said.

Cicciolina entered politics in 1979 as part of Italy's first environmentalist party, before joining the Radical party in 1985 and campaigning against nuclear energy, world hunger and human rights.

She was a member of parliament between 1987 and 1991.

In September 1990, at the outset of the Gulf War, she said she was "ready to have sex with Saddam Hussein" in order to restore peace in the Middle East.

The skimpily-dressed buxom blonde has achieved celebrity status in Italy and abroad, where she regularly appears hugging a teddy bear on front pages.

Her plans for a fresh take on politics come two days after a senior Catholic cardinal condemned Italian leaders whose behaviour violates public dignity, stopping just short of naming prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Italy's premier is accused of paying for sex with a 17-year-old pole dancer and members of his cabinet are caught up in corruption and sex scandals.

Cicciolina said she was also considering running for mayor in the northern Italian town of Monza.

"I would make Monza an exciting town! It has a lot of potential. If the Royal Villa was turned into a luxury casino, for example, the town council would have loads of money," she said.

The ex-porn star has sparked controversy because she will soon be eligible to claim a parliamentary pension -- despite serving as member of parliament for just five years -- while Italy cuts back to stave off a vast debt crisis.



성인영화 여배우, '정당 창당'

이탈리아의 유명 포르노 스타 출신 전 하원의원 '치치올리 나(본명 일로나 스탈러)'가 27일(현지시각) 자국 정치권의 부패에 맞서는 새로운 정 당을 창당하겠다고 밝혔다.

스탈러(59) 전 의원은 이날 이탈리아 주간지 '오기(Oggi)'와 인터뷰에서  "우리 는 미래의 낙관적인 정당을 세우고 싶다"며 "부당이득과 매표행위, 입찰비리,  부패 를 일삼는 정당은 이제 충분하다"고 말했다.

그는 "군에 반대하고 약자의 권리의 편에 서는 정직한 사람들의 정당을  생각하 고 있다"며 "유권자들이 안고 있는 문제들을 경청하기 위해 그들 속으로 들어갈 것" 이라고 덧붙였다.

지난 1987∼1991년 의원으로 활동했던 스탈러의 이번 정치 재개 계획은  이탈리 아의 영향력 있는 가톨릭 성직자가 성추문에 휩싸인 실비오 베를루스코니 총리를 겨 냥해 `음란하고 부적절한 행동을 일삼고 있다'고 비난한 이틀 뒤 나온 것이다.

이탈리아 정부는 베를루스코니 총리가 미성년 댄서와의 성매매 의혹과 탈세 등 부패 혐의로 재판을 받는 등 부정부패로 몸살을 앓고 있다.

스탈러 전 의원은 또 이탈리아 북부 몬자시(市)의 시장 출마도 고려하고 있다고 말했다.

그는 "나는 몬자를 흥미진진한 도시로 만들 것"이라며 "예컨대 `로열 빌라'를 화려한 카지노로 바꾸면 시의회는 돈을 많이 벌 수 있을 것"이라고 주장했다.