Italy's president has resigned over accusations of tax evasion and financial irregularities, leaving a ????
Italy's president has resigned over accusations of tax evasion and financial irregularities, leaving a ??? nation to face yet another political crisis ex-president Giovanni Leone the only head of state to be forced from office in Italy's post-war republic told the nation last night that he was quitting to avoid further controversy over his private finances "You have had an honest man as president of the republic" he said in his brief address, delivered without a flicker of emotion Italians, still recovering from the trauma of the murder of ex_premier Aldo Moro, were amazed at the sudden decision. Only two hours later he was driven in a thunder storm from the palatial presidential residence where he had served six and half years to a luxury 39-room villa outside Rome which figured prominently in the accusations against him. Senator Leone, 69, was accused of falsifying tax returns and the accounts of the building, said to have cost 2.3 million dollars.