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Mayor of scandal-hit Italy quake town withdraws resignation

Published on Jan 22, 2014 10:34 PM

ROME (AFP) - The mayor of the Italian town of L'Aquila, which was partially destroyed in a deadly 2009 earthquake, withdrew his resignation on Wednesday 10 days after stepping down amid a corruption scandal.

"I am back. I am here to defend the town. I have returned because of the solidarity shown by thousands of my fellow citizens," Mr Massimo Cialente told reporters.

Mr Cialente had resigned after four people from his administration were placed under house arrest for alleged bribery linked to reconstruction contracts following the earthquake in the central Italian town, which left 309 people dead.

Four others were notified that they were under investigation, including Mr Cialente's deputy Roberto Riga, and a local official in charge of restoring damaged monuments.

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