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Italian government: Corleone's city Hall is Mafia-infested

  • FILE -- In this file photo taken on April 12, 2006, a road sign announces the town of Corleone, Italy. Premier Matteo Renzi’s Cabinet dissolved Corleone’s municipal government because  of Mafia infiltrations and put its City Hall under temporary control of the interior ministry. Corleone is the Sicilian town inspiring the fictional crime clan’s name in “The Godfather” novel and movie. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    FILE -- In this file photo taken on April 12, 2006, a road sign announces the town of Corleone, Italy. Premier Matteo Renzi’s Cabinet dissolved Corleone’s municipal government because of Mafia infiltrations and put its City Hall under temporary control of the interior ministry. Corleone is the Sicilian town inspiring the fictional crime clan’s name in “The Godfather” novel and movie. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this file photo taken on April 24, 2006, a crucifix towers over Corleone, Italy. Premier Matteo Renzi’s Cabinet dissolved Corleone’s municipal government because  of Mafia infiltrations and put its City Hall under temporary control of the interior ministry. Corleone is the Sicilian town inspiring the fictional crime clan’s name in “The Godfather” novel and movie. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    FILE -- In this file photo taken on April 24, 2006, a crucifix towers over Corleone, Italy. Premier Matteo Renzi’s Cabinet dissolved Corleone’s municipal government because of Mafia infiltrations and put its City Hall under temporary control of the interior ministry. Corleone is the Sicilian town inspiring the fictional crime clan’s name in “The Godfather” novel and movie. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this file photo taken on April 24, 2006, women walk in Corleone, Italy. Premier Matteo Renzi’s Cabinet dissolved Corleone’s municipal government because  of Mafia infiltrations and put its City Hall under temporary control of the interior ministry. Corleone is the Sicilian town inspiring the fictional crime clan’s name in “The Godfather” novel and movie. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    FILE -- In this file photo taken on April 24, 2006, women walk in Corleone, Italy. Premier Matteo Renzi’s Cabinet dissolved Corleone’s municipal government because of Mafia infiltrations and put its City Hall under temporary control of the interior ministry. Corleone is the Sicilian town inspiring the fictional crime clan’s name in “The Godfather” novel and movie. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

The Italian government believes Mafiosi have infiltrated the local administration of Corleone, the Sicilian town which inspired the fictional crime clan's name in "The Godfather" novel and movie.

Premier Matteo Renzi's Cabinet on Wednesday dissolved Corleone's municipal government and put its City Hall under temporary control of the interior ministry.

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano had proposed the action. Corleone's mayor also voiced worries about Mafia infiltration.

Using intimidation, Sicily's Cosa Nostra frequently influences decisions and public contract bidding or backs local politicians sympathetic to the Mafia's economic interests.

City halls in Italy's south, and, lately, increasingly also in the north, are sometimes put under Rome's control to wrest them from mobsters' influence.

Corleone was the stronghold of convicted mobster and reputed chieftain Bernardo Provenzano, who recently died.