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His Excellency Mr. Nichi Vendola
President of Apulia (Italian region)
Mr. Vendola is an Italian politician and the President of Apulia.
In 1992 he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies and has held his seat ever since. As a member of the Anti-mafia Commission, he came to prominence as a strong opponent of the mafia and organised crime.
In 2005 he ran for the presidency of the Apulia region and won, becoming the first member of the Communist Refoundation Party (Partito della Rifondazione Comunista, PRC) to be elected as president of any Italian region. He was re-elected President of Apulia in 2010 as member of the Left Ecology Freedom Party.