Emilio Colombo

Infobox Prime Minister
honorific-prefix = Senatore
name = Emilio Colombo



order = 57th
Prime Minister of Italy
president = Giuseppe Saragat
Giovanni Leone
term_start = 6 August 1970
term_end = 17 February 1972
predecessor = Mariano Rumor
successor = Giulio Andreotti
order2 = Minister of Foreign Affairs
term_start2 = August 1, 1992
term_end2 = April 28,1993
predecessor2 = Giuliano Amato
successor2 = Beniamino Andreatta
primeminister2 = Giuliano Amato
term_start3 = April 4, 1980
term_end3 = August 4, 1983
predecessor3 = Attilio Ruffini
successor3 = Giulio Andreotti
primeminister3 = Arnaldo Forlani
Giovanni Spadolini
Amintore Fanfani
order4 = Lifetime Senator
term_start4 = February 4, 2003
term_end4 =
constituency4 = "New Constituency"
birth_date = Birth date and age|1920|4|11|mf=y
birth_place = Potenza, Italy
nationality = Italian
death_date =
death_place =
party = Christian Democracy

Emilio Colombo (born April 11 1920 [http://www.senato.it/leg/16/BGT/Schede/Attsen/00000638.htm Page at Senate website] it icon.] ) is an Italian diplomat and politician. In addition to having held top positions in Italian governments, he was also active in European politics.

Biography

Born in Potenza, Basilicata, Colombo entered politics as a member of the Christian Democratic Party. Having held several cabinet posts, he was Prime Minister of Italy from 1970 until his resignation in 1972. Later he became President of the European Parliament (occupying that office from 1977 until 1979) and Foreign Minister of Italy (from 1980 until 1983, and again from 1992 until 1993). A decade after he last held that position, President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi bestowed Italy's highest political honour on him, by nominating him Senator for life.

Shortly after this, in November 2003, Colombo made headlines once again. To widespread astonishment, he admitted to having used cocaine (for "therapeutic purposes") over a 12- to 18-month period, and to being a homosexual.cite web |title=Casini dica Dico |first=Eugenio |last=Scalfari |url=http://espresso.repubblica.it/dettaglio/Casini-dica-Dico/1524293/1&ref=hpsp |date=2007-02-27 |accessdate=2007-07-20 |language= |work=L'Espresso it icon] cite web |title=Former PM tells of regular cocaine use |url=http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/11/26/1069825837420.html?from=storyrhs |first=John |last=Hooper |date=2003-11-27 |accessdate=2007-07-20]

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