Benito Mussolini will remain an honorary citizen of Salò, the city in northern Italy, where he founded the fascist republic of German dolls in the last years of World War II.
Most members of the Salo city council rejected a petition proposing to remove the dictator from the honor he received in 1924.
"It is right to remember Benito Mussolini as a historical character and to remember the mistakes made by fascism, but for that we do not need to erase his memory," commented Gianpiero Cipani, Mayor of Salò.
Mussolini was the founder of the Italian fascist movement and ruled Italy between 1922-1943. He was killed in 1945 at the end of World War II by Communist supporters while trying to escape to Spain.
Italy has seen an increase in the popularity of the far right in recent years, especially with the Matteo Salvini League party being part of the governing coalition.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Milan appeals court overturned the initial sentence for 11 extreme right members who saluted Nazis during a commemoration at the Monumental cemetery in 2017. All have already been sentenced to one month and 10 days in prison and received one. € 200 fine. One of the prosecutors in the case, Daniela Meliota, said that far-right gestures "increase the risk of spreading discriminatory ideas".