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Diego Novelli
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Mayor of Turin
In office
14 July 1975 – 25 January 1985
Preceded by Giovanni Picco
Succeeded by Giorgio Cardetti
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
2 July 1987 – 29 May 2001
Member of the European Parliament
In office
17 June 1984 – 2 July 1987
Personal details
Born (1931-05-22) 22 May 1931 (age 93)
Turin, Italy
Political party PCI (till 1991)
The Network (1991-1999)

Diego Novelli (born 22 May 1931 in Turin) is an Italian politician, former Mayor of Turin.

Political career

A member of the city council of Turin since 1960, Novelli was elected Mayor of Turin in 1975 with the support of communists and socialists, and remained in office for 10 years, during the difficult Years of Lead.

He was a Member of the European Parliament from 1984 to 1987, when he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies. He remained a member until 2001.

With the Svolta della Bolognina and the end of the Italian Communist Party, he co-founded with Leoluca Orlando the left-wing party The Network and tried to be re-elected Mayor of Turin in 1993, supported by The Network and the Communist Refoundation Party. Although he was ahead on the first round, he was defeated on the second ballot by the centre-left candidate Valentino Castellani.

In 2009, he stood in the European elections with Left Ecology and Freedom, but failed to be elected.

In 2011, he was elected president of the provincial committee of ANPI.

Political offices
Preceded by
Giovanni Picco
Mayor of Turin
1975–1985
Succeeded by
Giorgio Cardetti
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