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Maurizio Gasparri

Maurizio Gasparri
Member of the Senate of the Republic
Assumed office
April, 2008
Constituency Lazio
Italian Minister of Communications
In office
July 11, 2001 – April 23, 2005
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Salvatore Cardinale
Succeeded by Paolo Gentiloni
Personal details
Born (1956-06-18) 18 June 1956
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Forza Italia
Other political
Italian Social Movement
National Alliance
The People of Freedom
Spouse(s) Amina Fiorillo (1980s-present)
Residence Rome, Lazio, Italy
Profession Politician

Maurizio Gasparri (Rome, 18 July 1956) is an Italian politician.

After a period as Member of the Italian Parliament for the Movimento Sociale Italiano, Gasparri served as an Alleanza Nazionale member. During the course of his career he has served as Minister of Communications (2001 to 2005 in the Berlusconi II Cabinet). It was during his time in this role that he pushed for the law known popularly as the "legge Gasparri". In the XVI legislature he is the president of the senators of The People of Freedom.

Alongside Ignazio La Russa, Gasparri is considered a leader of the AN mainstream faction Destra Protagonista. Gasparri worked as a journalist, becoming editor in chief of the"Secolo d'Italia" - the Movimento Sociale Italiano's daily paper.

Following a weak showing in the regional elections of 2005, Gasparri was on 25 April 2006 replaced in Berlusconi's third Cabinet by Mario Landolfi.

Gasparri is against jus soli.

Obama controversy

In the wake of Barack Obama's election in November 2008, Gasparri declared on RAI that "with Obama in the White House, perhaps al-Qaeda is happier".[1][2] [3] Gasparri was heavily criticized for the declaration by the Democratic Party.[4]


  • 1986 - Adolfo Urso: L'età dell'intelligenza, ed. Settimo Sigillo
  • 2005 - Fare il futuro, intervista a cura di Lucilla Parlato
  • 2007 - Il cuore a destra, ed. Rubbettino

External links

  • Personal web site (Italian)
Political offices
Preceded by
Salvatore Cardinale
Italian Minister of Communications
2001 - 2006
Succeeded by
Mario Landolfi
Assembly seats
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies

2001 - present
  1. ^ Gasparri su Obama: Sarà contenta Al Qaeda on YouTube (2008-11-05). Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  2. ^, ed. (2008-11-05). """Obama, gaffe sprint di Gasparri "Al Qaeda ora forse è più contenta. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  3. ^, ed. (5/11/2008). Obama? Ora Al Qaeda più contenta" Bufera sulle parole di Gasparri""". Retrieved 5/11/2008. 
  4. ^ LaStampa, 5/11/2008

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