Who is Paolo Ciani, the Sant’Egidio volunteer who has torn a boarding school from the center-right in Rome
A white fly: it looks like this Paolo Ciani, national secretary of Demos (Solidarity Democracy) and close to the Community of Sant’Egidio, elected to the Chamber in the constituency that includes Rome Center with the center-left coalition. Because the seat of Montecitorio conquered by the municipal councilor of Rome and the regional councilor of Lazio is the only one – together with that of Roberto Morassut always in the Chamber – obtained by Pd and allies in the uninomanale challenges of the region at elections of 25 September. A game that ended with a clear 18 to 2 for the center-right who left out of the new Parliament, among others, the historic radical exponent Emma Boninocandidate for the Senate in the same college for the center-left, and surprise defeat by Lavinia Mennuni which also prevailed on the leader of Action Carlo Calenda (third place).
Victory in the historic center
In truth, the victory of Ciani, a Roman, born in 1970, two daughters (Chiara and Eleonora), a degree in art history, engaged in the lay movement of Catholic inspiration founded by Andrea Riccardi since he was 14 years old starting as in the prison of Regina Coeli, was not unexpected: candidate in the Lazio 1 single-member constituency for the Chamber, which includes the districts of the historic center, from Monti and Esquilino to Trastevere and Prati, as well as the Trionfale, Flaminio and della Vittoria districts and some areas of the VIII Municipio (Ostiense, Valco San Paolo and Garbatella), Ciani had been the winner for weeks on Maria Spena of Forza Italia (former councilor for Mobility in the Alemanno junta and long-term blue deputy). But, given the overall outcome of the votes, her result appears surprising.
Exponent of the world of Catholic associations and the third sector, Ciani conducted a widespread campaign in the squares and streets of the city: “I have always lived a social and then political commitment in these territories and I will not disappear the day after the election”. insured. A commitment that earned him 74,145 votes, equal to 38.4% with a gap of about eight points from the blue Maria Spena. She also won the “Catholic derby” with Elena Bonetti, the minister of the Family and Equal Opportunities with a past in the Agesci scouts: she was a candidate in the same single college, she finished third, collecting 16.8 of the votes.