|President of Sicily|
|Assumed office |
18 November 2017
|Preceded by||Rosario Crocetta|
|Member of the Sicilian Regional Assembly|
5 December 2012 – 5 November 2017
|Member of the European Parliament|
for Italian Islands
19 July 1994 – 14 July 2009
|President of Province of Catania|
19 February 1994 – 25 May 2003
|Preceded by||Antonio Pennisi|
|Succeeded by||Raffaele Lombardo|
21 January 1955
Militello in Val di Catania, Sicily, Italy
|Political party||MSI (1970–95)|
DB (since 2014)
|Alma mater||Kore University of Enna|
Sebastiano "Nello" Musumeci (born 21 January 1955) is an Italian politician. He has been the President of Sicily since 18 November 2017.
He previously was a Member of the European Parliament for the Italian seat Islands, where he was a member of the Union for a Europe of Nations parliamentary group. He sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries and its Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.
Musumeci was born in Militello in Val di Catania, Sicily.
At the age of fifteen Musumeci became a member of Giovane Italia, the youth organization of “Italian Social Movement”, a neo-fascist and post-fascist political party in Italy. After completing his studies in communication sciences Musumeci began working as a banker at the UniCredit group a global banking and financial services company.
Following his stint as a banker he began his career as a journalist. In the 1980s Musumeci also taught at the Istituto Supreriore di Giiornalismo in Catania. Later Musumeci became one of the founders of the Istituto siciliano di Studi Politici ed economici.
At the age of twenty he served as a municipal councilor in his home town of Militello in Val di Catania. Soon he became Deputy Mayor of Gravina di Catania and Castel de Judica.
In 1990 he was elected Provincial Councilor of Catania and in 1994 as a member of the MSI and not yet forty he became President of the province of Catania. In 1995 Musumeci joined the National Alliance Party and represented the region as a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels.
Committed to fighting crime Musumeci became president of the regional anti-mafia commission. Between the years 1995-2001 and again between 2005 and 2006 Musumeci received several threats from the mafia and was forced to live under guard.
He is the founder and the current leader of Diventerà Bellissima, a regionalist party of Sicily[clarification needed], after having left National Alliance in 2005, and founded Sicilian Alliance. He ran unsuccessfully for the presidency of the Sicilian Region in 2006 obtaining 5.3% of the votes, and again in 2012 when he came second with 25.7%.
He was a substitute for the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, substitute for the delegation to the EU-Turkey joint parliamentary committee.
In November 2017 Musumeci won the Sicilian Regional Election with 39.9% of the vote. The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) candidate Giacarlo Canceller received 36.6% and the center-left candidate Fabrizio Micari representing the Democratic Party received 18.6%. Musumeci also secured a majority in the regional assembly when his center-right coalition which received 36 of 70 seats.
Musumeci won the election with the support of Silvio Berlusconi, founder of the centre-right party Forza Italia (FI), who campaigned heavily for him in the runup to the election. Former PM Berlusconi, promised the citizens of Sicily everything from a bridge over the Strait of Messina to a casino in Taormina. Following Musumeci's victory he claimed to “fight for Italy and show what we can do”.
Besides battling crime Musumeci is grappling with pressing regional issues including the effects of climate change as Sicily has been experiencing major weather events that have impacted the coast in Palermo recently. Musumeci will need to decide what to do with the inadequate infrastructure and those left homeless. Also, the Zafferana area in the vicinity of Mount Etna experienced a moderate earthquake on 26 December 2018 that left a number of people injured. The new president is also addressing the promised bridge across the Messina Strait.