|Born||October 31, 1926|
Bari, Apulia, Italy
|Died||October 31, 2010 (aged 84)|
Bari, Apulia, Italy
|Political party||Christian Democrat|
Lattanzio was born October 31, 1926 in Bari, Italy. He would get a degree in medicine and begin working as a physician before entering politics, where he would become a prominent member of the Christian Democrats; making a name for himself in the field of foreign policy.
Lattanzio served as Minister of Defence (1976–1977) in the Andreotti III Cabinet. He would face harsh criticism for his role as Minister of Defense after convicted Nazi Herbert Kappler escaped from Italian custody in 1977 to find sanctuary in West Germany. He would ultimately resign from this position due to the scandal but go on to take different cabinet level positions.
He would go on to serve the cabinets of Prime Ministers Andreotti (1976–1978, 1989–1992) and De Mita (1988–89) as Minister of Transport, then Minister of Civil Protection, and lastly as Minister of Foreign Trade. While serving as Minister of Civil protection he would be criticized for inefficient handling of the department during the 1990 Augusta Earthquake. Lattanzio would actively participate in increasing trade with China while Minister of Foreign Trade. He also served in the Chamber of Deputies of Italy in Legislature III, Legislature IV, Legislature V, Legislature VI, Legislature VII, Legislature VIII, Legislature IX and Legislature X.
He died in his hometown of Bari on his 84th birthday, and was survived by his daughter.
| Minister of Defence of Italy
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