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Benigno Zaccagnini (April 17 1912 - november 5 1989) was an Italianmarker politician and physician.

Born in Faenzamarker, he graduated in Pediatrics in 1937. During World War II he acted as partisan, collaborating with Arrigo Boldrini in the liberation of Romagnamarker.

Zaccagnini was among the founders of the Democrazia Cristiana (Italian Christian Democracy party), and was elected at the Constituent Assembly (1946) and the Chamber of Deputies (1948) of the new-born Italian Republicmarker. He was a member of the Christian Democratic wing more favourable to a collaboration with left (or centre-left) parties. He was confirmed at the Chambers of Deputies until 1979, when he was elected to the Italian Senate.

Zaccagnini was Minister of Welfare in 1959 under Antonio Segni, a position he maintained also in the following government led by Fernando Tambroni. In the same year (1960) he was Minister of Public Works under Amintore Fanfani.

In 1975 he was elected National Secretary of Democrazia Cristiana, remaining in place until 1980 when he was replaced by Flaminio Piccoli. In 1984 he was elected in the European Parliamentmarker.

Zaccagnini died at Ravennamarker in 1989.

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