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Italy sexism row over 'mayor no job for a mamma' claims

Silvio Berlusconi's remarks about Giorgia Meloni have sparked a backlash from female politiciansSilvio Berlusconi sparked fury Tuesday by claiming that being mayor of Rome was “no job for a mother” while backing a male candidate who advised a pregnant rival to stick to breastfeeding. The three-time former premier claimed the task of cleaning up the scandal-hit capital would be too much for far-right candidate Giorgia Meloni, who is due to give birth soon after the election in May or June. “A mother cannot dedicate herself to a terrible job and running Rome today is terrible job which will require 14 hours a day in the office,” Berlusconi said.

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