Giorgia Meloni appoints a deputy who was seen with a swastika to the government of Italy

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Galeazzo Bignami a lawmaker for the right-wing Brothers of Italy party who sparked outrage in 2016 after a newspaper published a photo of him wearing a Nazi swastika on his left arm, was named the country’s junior infrastructure minister on Monday.

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, who personally announced Bignami’s appointment at a press conference, is the leader of the Brothers of Italy, a group that has its roots in the post-fascist Italian Social Movement (MSI).

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Bignami, 47, was elected last month to a second term in parliament. He has long been part of the Italian far-right, but spent part of his political career at Forza Italia, owned by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

He said in a statement on Monday that he felt “deep shame” over the photos and firmly condemned “any form of totalitarianism”, calling Nazism and any movement linked to it “absolute evil”.

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Meloni has not commented on the 2016 photo, but has repeatedly condemned the infamous racist and anti-Jewish laws enacted by dictator Benito Mussolini in 1938 and last week told parliament that he “never felt sympathy for fascism”.

“I have always considered the (anti-Semitic) racial laws of 1938 the lowest point in Italian history, a shame that will stain our people forever,” she told parliament.

Bignami will serve under the leader of the League’s right-wing party, Matteo Salvini, who is the infrastructure minister and deputy prime minister.

Source: CNN Brasil

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