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Mirko Tremaglia, 85; fought for Italian vote rights abroad

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Mirko Tremaglia at New York’s Columbus Day Parade in 2005.

ROME - Mirko Tremaglia, a right-wing politician who successfully battled for the right of Italians abroad to vote in Italian elections, has died. He was 85.

Italian news agencies and Sky TG24 TV said Mr. Tremaglia died at home in Bergamo, northern Italy, after a long illness.

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Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi praised Mr. Tremaglia’s years of lobbying for a 2001 law giving Italians abroad the right to vote.

Cofounder of a neofascist party, Mr. Tremaglia later was Silvio Berlusconi’s minister for Italians abroad. In 2010, Mr. Tremaglia joined the center-right party of Gianfranco Fini, who broke with Berlusconi. Mr. Tremaglia had served in Parliament since 1972.

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