(ANSA) - Rome, June 25 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano on Tuesday went to pay his respects at the home of
ex-premier and Senator-for-life Emilio Colombo, who died late
Monday in Rome at 94.
Colombo was the last surviving member of the Italian
constituent assembly after the death of Giuliano Andreotti on
The Italian constituent assembly existed from June 25, 1946
to January 31, 1948 and wrote the Constitution for the Italian
Republic to replace the Kingdom of Italy after its defeat in
World War II.
Colombo served as premier from 1970 to 1972 and was a
member of the Christian Democratic Party (DC), which played a
dominant role it Italian politics for 50 years, from its
inception in 1944 until its undoing under the spiraling
"bribesville" corruption scandal in 1994.
Colombo was also active in European politics.
He served as president of the European Parliament from 1977
He was twice Italian foreign minister, from 1980 to 1983
and from 1992 to 1993.
President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi nominated Colombo as
Senator-for-life in February 2003.
In November 2003, Colombo fell under the lens of a probe
into a drug and prostitution ring called "Operation Cleopatra".
Colombo admitted in front of judges to using cocaine for
"therapeutic purposes" and to being gay.
From 2008 onward, he joined the parliamentary group
Colombo was born in the southern Italian city of Potenza,
Basilicata in 1920 and held a law degree.