Former Italian PM Adolfo Domenech dies aged 98

Image copyright Fotos de Carlota Guerra/Getty Images Image caption Adolfo Valentin Domenech was a courtier to three presidents

The former Italian Prime Minister and President of the Court of Saint James, Adolfo Domenech, has died aged 98.

He died in the US, his family said.

Mr Domenech was a close adviser of three US presidents, Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush and George W Bush.

He was the second leader to come to power under Italy’s populist, anti-establishment government.

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Italian embassy in Washington where Adolfo Domenech died

Born in Rio Del Oro, in the Italian region of Puglia, Mr Domenech was chosen by the anti-Establishment leader Giorgio Napolitano to be prime minister in 2008, after Mr Napolitano stepped down from the post.

Mr Domenech’s popularity at home did not immediately translate abroad. When he tried to form an international coalition government with the four-party Five Star Movement, his attempt failed.

Mr Domenech was twice elected president of the Spanish lien, from 1979 to 1982, after a 16-year stint in Parliament, including ten years as the leader of the neo-fascist Italian National Alliance.

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