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Aldo Brancher

The Honourable
Aldo Brancher
Minister without Portfolio
In office
18 June 2010 – 5 July 2010
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Member of the
Italian Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
21 April 2006
Constituency Veneto 1
In office
21 May 2001 – April 2006
Constituency 3 - Bussolengo ( Veneto 1)
Personal details
Born ( 1943 -05-30) 30 May 1943
Trichiana, Veneto, Italy
Political party Forza Italia
Other political
Christian Democracy
Forza Italia
The People of Freedom

Aldo Brancher (born 30 May 1943; Trichiana, Veneto) is an Italian politician. He served as a Minister without portfolio in the Government of Silvio Berlusconi for 17 days in June/July 2010, but was forced to resign due to a pending court case.

Early career

Before his political career, Brancher was a Pauline priest.[1][2] He was a key figure in the publication of the Paulines' magazine, Famiglia Cristiana.[3] After leaving the priesthood, he worked for Berlusconi's advertising house, Publitalia '80, before moving on to Berlusconi's holding company, Fininvest.[3]

In 1993, while working for Fininvest, Brancher was caught up in the Tangentopoli political corruption scandal.[1][3][4] He served three months in San Vittore prison for false accounting and for illegally funding the Italian Socialist Party, but was released on a technicality following a ruling by the Court of Cassation.[3][4][5]

Political career

Brancher was elected to the 14th legislature of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in May 2001 and was re-elected in April 2006 and April 2008.[6] He was appointed as a Secretary of State with responsibility for reform on 12 May 2008.[6]

Brancher was named as a Minister without portfolio, with specific responsibility for federalism, on 18 June 2010.[7] A few days later, his responsibility was changed to decentralisation as the

Assembly seats
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies

2001 - present
  1. ^ a b c d e f "Another ally unseated: Italian political scandals".  
  2. ^ "Brancher, 17 giorni da ministro nel segno delle polemiche" (in Italian).  
  3. ^ a b c d "L'ex uomo Fininvest che piace a Bossi Brancher, tra guai giudiziari e politica" (in Italian).  
  4. ^ a b "Tocca alla Fininvest" (in Italian).  
  5. ^ John Hooper (9 July 2010). "Silvio Berlusconi's 'gag law' sparks media strike in Italy".  
  6. ^ a b "BRANCHER Aldo - PDL".  
  7. ^ "Italy Names Forza Italia's Brancher As New Federalism Minister".  
  8. ^ a b c Nick Squires (25 June 2010). "Berlusconi ally avoids trial after being made minister".  
  9. ^ "Napolitano: Brancher si faccia processare" (in Italian).  
  10. ^ Rosario Murgida (5 July 2010). "Italy Minister Brancher To Resign, Stand Trial In Antonveneta Case".  


[10][1] Brancher acquiesced and announced his resignation during the opening day of his trial on 5 July 2010.[1] unless he resigned.motion of no confidence Following the President’s comments, the opposition, along with members of Brancher’s own party, threatened a [9]

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