Long-serving Italian politician Roberto Maroni dies at 67

Nov 21, 2022, 10:56 AM | Updated: Nov 22, 2022, 4:15 am
FILE - Leader of Italy's Northern League party Umberto Bossi, right, talks with Roberto Maroni at t...

FILE - Leader of Italy's Northern League party Umberto Bossi, right, talks with Roberto Maroni at the party headquarters in Milan, Italy, Monday, April 14, 2008. Maroni, a longtime leader of the right-wing Northern League party and a cabinet minister in ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s three governments, has died at age 67, League leaders said Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

(AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

              FILE - Leader of Italy's Northern League party Umberto Bossi, right, talks with Roberto Maroni at the party headquarters in Milan, Italy, Monday, April 14, 2008. Maroni, a longtime leader of the right-wing Northern League party and a cabinet minister in ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s three governments, has died at age 67, League leaders said Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
            
              Lombardy region president Roberto Maroni speaks during a news conference to present the Referendum for autonomy in Lombardy, in Milan, Italy Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Maroni, a longtime leader of the right-wing Northern League party and a cabinet minister in ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s three governments, has died at age 67, League leaders said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
            
              FILE - Leader of Italy's Northern League party Umberto Bossi, right, talks with Roberto Maroni at the party headquarters in Milan, Italy, Monday, April 14, 2008. Maroni, a longtime leader of the right-wing Northern League party and a cabinet minister in ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s three governments, has died at age 67, League leaders said Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
            
              Lombardy region president Roberto Maroni speaks during a news conference to present the Referendum for autonomy in Lombardy, in Milan, Italy Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Maroni, a longtime leader of the right-wing Northern League party and a cabinet minister in ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s three governments, has died at age 67, League leaders said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
            
              FILE - Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, right, talks to Interior Minister Roberto Maroni during a press conference at the end of a cabinet meeting at Rome's Chigi Palace premier office, Friday, April 16, 2010. Maroni, a longtime leader of the right-wing Northern League party and a cabinet minister in ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s three governments, has died at age 67, League leaders said Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)
            
              Then Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni attends the recording of Italian State Television TV show "Vieni via con me" (Come away with me) in Milan, Italy, Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. Maroni, a longtime leader of the right-wing Northern League party and a cabinet minister in ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s three governments, has died at age 67, League leaders said Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

ROME (AP) — Roberto Maroni, a longtime leader of the right-wing Northern League party and a cabinet minister in ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s three governments, died Tuesday at age 67, League leaders and the premier said.

State-run RAI television cited a family statement saying Maroni died at 4 a.m. after a long illness.

Maroni was a longtime associate of Northern League founder Umberto Bossi and was secretary of the party as it grew from a northern secessionist movement into a key ally in successive conservative governments, dating from Berlusconi’s rise in politics in the 1990s.

The party under current leader Matteo Salvini dropped “Northern” from the name in a bid to expand its geographic appeal and downplay a past that many saw as alienating Italy’s poorer south, and is now a coalition partner in Premier Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing government.

A lawyer, Maroni served as interior minister in Berlusconi’s first 1994-1995 government, labor minister in his second government in 2001 and interior minister again in his third and final government in 2008-2011. Highly visible with his trademark red-rimmed glasses, he was an accomplished pianist and played in a band in his hometown, Varese.

In a statement Tuesday and later at a government press conference, Meloni praised Maroni as a friend who had served the country with “good sense and concreteness.”

Maroni represented the centrist wing of the party that was sometimes at odds with Salvini’s more firebrand leadership, but the League leader on Tuesday praised his lifetime of service to the party and country.

“A great secretary, super minister, great governor and League member forever,” Salvini tweeted.

“He is someone who gave so much to the country, to Italy, to the League, to his community,” Salvini told RTL radio.

Accolades also poured in from across the political spectrum, with former center-left Premier Paolo Gentiloni, now European economy commissioner, praising Maroni’s passion, competence and loyalty. “A loyal, kind and committed man,” he tweeted.

A funeral was planned for Friday in Varese, Salvini said.

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Long-serving Italian politician Roberto Maroni dies at 67