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Italian who fought for vote rights abroad dies

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ROME (AP) -- Mirko Tremaglia, a right-wing politician who successfully battled for the right of Italians abroad to vote in Italian elections, has died. He was 85.

President Giorgio Napolitano and other Italian leaders issued tributes to mark the death Friday. Italian news agencies and Sky TG24 TV said Tremaglia died at home in Bergamo, northern Italy, after a long illness.

Napolitano and Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi praised Tremaglia's years of lobbying for a 2001 law giving Italians who live abroad the right to vote.

Co-founder of a neo-fascist party, Tremaglia later was Silvio Berlusconi's minister for Italians abroad. In 2010, Tremaglia joined the center-right party of Gianfranco Fini, who broke with Berlusconi. Tremaglia had served in Parliament since 1972.

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