He called it “step sideways”. The siundaco of Turin, Chiara Hangers (M5S), announced that he will not be re-nominated for next year’s administrative elections. And he calls his decision “very painful but necessary”. But for what reason? The six-month sentence he suffered on 21 September last and for which, moreover, he has already announced that he will appeal.
“As you know – he explains in a video posted on Facebook – a few weeks ago a sentence was pronounced against me for a incorrect allocation to the balance sheet of an atypical debt, inherited from 2012. As has been recognized, I have always operated in the exclusive interest of the Municipality, which, at most, they accuse me of having unfairly favored. I am absolutely sure that I have always and only safeguarded the interests of the entity I administer and, above all, that I have acted in total good faith and for this I will appeal.
“However – continues Appendino – the timing for reaching the sentence goes beyond the electoral deadline of 2021. In recent weeks I have felt a solidarity, an affection and a human closeness that perhaps, never, I had felt before and that gave me a great deal full of energy. And for this I thank you from the bottom of my heart. But the condemnation, even if minor and for the reasons you know, remains so. And in politics, first of all, you must be consistent with your principles. And I will continue to be ”
Appendino assures that he will continue “to spend himself with every energy so that the projects started are carried out by those who will come after me because Turin has begun to believe in itself and must go faster than ever”.
The first citizen of Turin explains that administering her city was and is the greatest honor she could have. “When you become mayor – he added – your person is no longer at the center, there is the community you represent. Since 2016 Turin has always been my first and last thought of the day. Here I am lucky enough to live and being able to raise my daughter Sara. Turin has changed in these five years “. The citizens of Turin have the task of judging whether it has changed for the better or for the worse. Or it hasn’t changed enough.