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Felia Allum and Marco Cilento

The year 2000 is a year Antonio Bassolino, mayor of Naples since

1993, will not soon forget. The year had begun very well for Bassolino:

he was considered “the mayor Italians loved most” and

was extremely popular in Naples, where he was seen as a public

official with a knack for listening to the average citizen. The year,

however, ended pretty badly for Bassolino after he left City Hall to

become President of the Campania Region. Bassolino left behind

many unfinished projects, most notably the urban plan, the possible

victory of the Center-Right at the next municipal election, and

encountered many difficulties in governing the Region due to

intense party opposition to his actions and programs.