04 Dec '11, 12am

Canadian professor mistakenly named Italian minister

OTTAWA (AFP) - In the shakeup of Italian politics, a Canadian agronomy professor was mistakenly recruited to be Italy's next junior minister for agriculture, he revealed on Saturday. Francesco Braga, 53, teaches derivatives at the University of Guelph in south-western Ontario. On Monday, he spotted his name and photograph in Italian online newspapers announcing that he had been appointed to the post alongside 'positive comments from the industry,' he told AFP, even though he left his homeland 28 years ago and has no political affiliations. Then he received an email from the Italian ministry of agriculture asking him to check in and a flurry of messages congratulating him. The new agriculture minister, Mario Catania, was even quoted as praising the Italian-Canadian professor. 'My wife thought my friends in Italy were playing games,' Prof Braga said, but he started to make t...

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