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Oscar Giannino: Italy’s Most Fashionable Politician Resigns

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At first glance, Oscar Fulvio Giannino would not look out of place in a Williamsburg coffee shop or poetry slam. Possessing a scholarly and unkempt beard and mustache, glasses, and a pristine bald head, Giannino makes sartorial choices that would do his flamboyant British namesake Oscar Wilde proud.

But he isn't a Brooklyn hipster. He's an Italian journalist and author, who happens to be the most colorful candidate running for prime minister in the February 24-25 election. His Act To Stop The Decline party (Fare per Fermare il Declino) has no chance of landing the top job in the country, but Giannino has garnered a lot of media attention -- he doesn't look like anybody else on the political scene in Italy, or anywhere else for that matter.  

But besides  fabulous suit-and-tie combinations, Giannino also has a problem: He's been caught lying, and even in a country where politicians' lies are rarely a cause of their downfall, he had to pay a price. He relinquished the leadership of his move. ent on Wednesday (in a typically Italian twist, he formally remains the party's candidate for prime minister.)

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BY Maya Shwayder | February 20 2013

Read full article: www.ibtimes.com

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