Giuseppe Drago

Giuseppe Drago (29 September 1955 – 21 September 2016) was an Italian physician and politician. He was President of Sicily from January to November 1998.

Giuseppe Drago
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President of Sicily
In office
20 January 1998 – 21 November 1998
Preceded byGiuseppe Provenzano
Succeeded byAngelo Capodicasa
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
30 May 2001 – 17 November 2010
ConstituencySicilia 2
Personal details
Born(1955-09-29)29 September 1955
Scicli, Sicily, Italy
Died21 September 2016(2016-09-21) (aged 60)
Modica, Sicily, Italy
Political partyPSI (until 1994)
CCD (1995–2002)
UDC (2002–2010)
PID (since 2010)
Alma materUniversity of Palermo
OccupationPolitician, physician


Giuseppe Drago graduated at the University of Palermo in 1981 and obtained the specialization diploma in Orthopedics and Traumatology.

He was mayor of Modica and provincial councilor of Ragusa. In 1991 he was elected to the Sicilian Regional Assembly on the PSI list. In 1993 he became regional Assessor for labor in the Martino government and in 1995 was re-confirmed in the Graziano government.

In 1995 Drago joined the Christian Democratic Centre and in 1996 was re-elected to the Sicilian Regional Assembly. He served as President of Sicily from 20 January 1998 to 21 November 1998, at the head of a centre-right government. In 1999 he became national vice-secretary of the CCD and in 2000 he was appointed assessor to the Presidency in the Sicilian regional government led by Vincenzo Leanza.

He was elected for the first time to the Chamber of Deputies 2001. On 30 December 2004 he was appointed Undersecretary of Defence in the Berlusconi II government, while in April 2005 he became Undersecretary of foreign affairs in the Berlusconi III government. He was re-elected to the Chamber in the 2006 and 2008 general election, among the ranks of the UDC.

In September 2010, together with the deputies Francesco Saverio Romano, Calogero Mannino, Giuseppe Ruvolo and Michele Pisacane, he abandoned the UDC and founded with them The Populars of Italy Tomorrow (PID). The 5 deputies therefore abandoned the opposition role, for which they were elected to the UDC, and take sides in support of the centre-right parliamentary majority of Silvio Berlusconi.

In May 2009 he was disqualified from holding public office due to misappropriating funds. As a result, he lost his seat in the Chamber of Deputies.[1][2]

He died after a long illness on 21 September 2016, in the hospice of Modica.[3]

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