Emilio Colombo

Italian Prime Minister, politician (1920-2013)

Emilio Colombo (11 April 1920 – 24 June 2013) was an Italian politician who was Prime Minister of Italy from 1970 to 1972. In 2003 he was appointed to be an Italian senator-for-life, a seat which he held until his death. In the first five years as senator, he was an independent. During the 16th term of the Senate in 2008-2013, he opted to join the parliamentary group UDC-independence.

Emilio Colombo
Prime Minister of Italy
In office
6 August 1970 – 17 February 1972
PresidentGiuseppe Saragat
Giovanni Leone
Preceded byMariano Rumor
Succeeded byGiulio Andreotti
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
1 August 1992 – 28 April 1993
Prime MinisterGiuliano Amato
Preceded byVincenzo Scotti
Succeeded byBeniamino Andreatta
In office
4 April 1980 – 4 August 1983
Prime MinisterArnaldo Forlani
Giovanni Spadolini
Amintore Fanfani
Preceded byAttilio Ruffini
Succeeded byGiulio Andreotti
Lifetime Senator
In office
4 February 2003 – 24 June 2013
by President Ciampi
Personal details
Born(1920-04-11)11 April 1920
Died24 June 2013(2013-06-24) (aged 93)
Rome, Italy
Political partyChristian Democracy
independent (2003-2008)
UDC-independence (2008-current)

Colombo was born on 11 April 1920 in Potenza, Basilicata, Italy. In November 2003, he admitted to have used cocaine (for "therapeutic purposes") over a 12- to 18-month period, and to be a homosexual.[1][2] Colombo died on 24 June 2013 from natural causes in Rome, Italy, aged 93.[3]


  1. Scalfari, Eugenio (27 February 2007). "Casini dica Dico". L'Espresso. Retrieved 20 July 2007.(in Italian)
  2. Hooper, John (27 November 2003). "Former PM tells of regular cocaine use". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 20 July 2007.
  3. "È morto Emilio Colombo: aveva 93 anni L'Italia dice addio all'ultimo padre costituente". la Repubblica (in Italian). 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.