Milan Malpensa airport officially named after Silvio Berlusconi

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The guidance has voiced their discontent pinch nan decision, claiming it is violating nan law.

The Milan Malpensa airdrome has been officially renamed aft erstwhile Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a divisive fig successful nan country's history.

The airport's afloat sanction is now International Airport Milan Malpensa — Silvio Berlusconi, effective immediately, a connection released by nan Italian Ministry of Transport said connected Thursday.

Critics of nan move blasted nan determination to honour nan precocious populist champion politician, who passed distant past June astatine nan property of 86. According to Italian law, a nationalist spot — beryllium it a street, a square, aliases an airdrome — cannot beryllium named aft a personification sooner than 10 years aft their death.

The Democratic Party presented a petition to nan Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Matteo Salvini to "clarify which process was followed for nan naming of Malpensa airdrome aft Silvio Berlusconi and what are nan reasons why nan process provided for by rule ... was not respected."

Salvini, nan leader of nan far-right Lega statement and 1 of Berlusconi's governmental allies, announced nan determination connected Tuesday, saying that officials from nan Lombardy region — wherever nan airdrome is based — requested nan alteration astir a twelvemonth ago, which was accepted by nan committee of board of nan country’s National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) past week.

He confirmed nan determination connected Thursday, posting connected X that nan move was "a awesome pleasance (in honour of) a awesome Italian".

The 5 Star Movement besides deplored nan decision, calling Italy a "banana republic".

"(It's) a republic wherever if you defraud nan taxation authorities and are definitively convicted, erstwhile you person passed away, they will moreover sanction an world airdrome aft you," nan statement said successful a statement.

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