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Playwright Fo reveals mayoral aim
Dario Fo
Dario Fo won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997
Italian Nobel-winning playwright and actor Dario Fo is hoping to stand for election as mayor of Milan.

Mr Fo, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997, wants to run for office in his home city next year.

He is known for his left-wing stance in plays such as Accidental Death of an Anarchist and The Two-Headed Anomaly.

By standing, he hopes to "encourage participation and interest" in politics, he said. "If something else comes out of it, we will see."

Mr Fo was speaking after a US-style primary vote in Italy to determine the left-wing candidate to run against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in next year's general election.

'Good battle'

"We must hold primary elections also to choose the centre-left candidate for mayor of Milan," he said.

He wanted to help people "get our city back" from Berlusconi and current Mayor Gabriele Albertini, he told left-wing newspaper L'Unita.

His most recent work, The Two-Headed Anomaly, was an anti-Berlusconi political satire.

People "would do anything to send Berlusconi home", he told the paper.

"In Milan, we can fight a good battle to remove the right. Winning here would have an enormous significance. After Berlusconi, a centre-left victory would be a breath of fresh air."

Mr Fo was the last playwright to win the Nobel Prize for Literature until Harold Pinter picked up this year's award earlier this month.

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