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Duce of Fascism
Flag of Prime Minister of Italy (1927-1943).svg
Standard of the Duce
Style His Excellency (formal)
Residence Palazzo Chigi
Palazzo Venezia
Villa Torlonia
Appointer Grand Council of Fascism
Precursor Benito Mussolini (as Prime Minister)
Formation 23 March 1919
First holder Benito Mussolini
Final holder Benito Mussolini
Abolished 25 April 1945

Duce ( DOO-chay) is an Italian title, derived from the Latin word dux "leader", and a cognate of duke. National Fascist Party leader Benito Mussolini was identified by Fascists as Il Duce ("The Leader") of the movement since the birth of the Fasci Italiani di Combattimento in 1919. In 1925 it became a reference to the dictatorial position of Sua Eccellenza Benito Mussolini, Capo del Governo, Duce del Fascismo e Fondatore dell'Impero ("His Excellency Benito Mussolini, Head of Government, Leader of Fascism and Founder of the Empire").

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