The great-grandson of Benito Mussolini is running as a candidate in May’s European elections – becoming the third descendant of the former Italian fascist dictator to enter politics.
Former naval officer Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini, 51, whose name is taken from one of ancient Rome’s most famous rulers, is standing for the far-right Brothers of Italy Party.
Two of his second cousins are also involved in politics. Rachele is a Rome city council member also associated with the party, while Alessandra is an MEP for Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.
Alessandra Mussolini, 56, recently hit back at Hollywood actor Jim Carreyafter he tweeted a drawing of her grandfather hanging upside down.
Rachele Mussolini has been involved in Italian politics for decades – first as a member of a party founded after the war by her grandfather’s supporters, then by successor movements that moderated their rhetoric before being absorbed into conservative parties.
Giorgia Meloni, who leads the Brothers of Italy Party, heaped praise on Caio Mussolini – saying: “He is a professional, a serviceman, a patriot.”
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