Rome: A politician running for the regional presidency of the Italian island of Sicily has promised to swear off sex and dedicate himself to work if elected.
"If I were to become Sicily's president, I would say farewell to sex to consider myself married to my region and its inhabitants," said Rosario Crocetta, the candidate for the Democratic Party.
"Leading public affairs is like entering a convent, and I have also become too old for such joyrides," he said.
Crocetta said his "anti-model" is former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose sexual scandals weakened his rule.
"I'm definitely not going to end up like Silvio Berlusconi, who consumed himself in both his political incapacity and love for women, despite also being older than me," Crocetta said.
First Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 22:05