Clelio Darida

Clelio Darida (born 3 May 1927) is an Italian politician. He was mayor of Rome and minister of the Italian Republic.


Darida was born in Rome.

Starting from June 1960, he was member of Rome's communal council for his party, Democrazia Cristiana (Christian Democracy, or DC). He was a member of the corrente (political movement within DC) of Amintore Fanfani first, and Arnaldo Forlani later. He was elected mayor of Rome on 30 July 1969, being confirmed on 17 March 1972. In 1974 he formed a city council including only DC member, with indirect support by the councillors of the Italian Communist Party.

In 1976 he resigned as mayor to participate in the 1976 general elections. He was elected in the Chamber of Deputies, being confirmed until 1992, when he was not elected.

Darida was undersecretary of the Minister of the Interior in 1976-1980, and, from 1980 to 1987, Minister for the Relationship with the Parliament, Minister of the Mail, of the Public Functions, of Justice and State Participations.

During the Tangentopoli corruption scandal of the early 1990s, he was accused of bribery and shortly imprisoned. Later he was acquitted of all accusations.


Preceded by
Adolfo Sarti
Italian Minister of Justice
23 March 1981 – 4 August 1983
Succeeded by
Mino Martinazzoli

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