Rome poised to elect Virginia Raggi as first female mayor

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36569410

Exit polls suggest Rome has chosen its first female mayor after Italy held run-off municipal elections.

Virginia Raggi, of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, was favourite against Roberto Giachetti of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD).

Victory for Ms Raggi, little known just a few months ago, would be a blow to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

The PD appears to have clung on to Italy’s financial capital, Milan, but is likely to lose Turin to Five Star.

In Naples, former prosecutor Luigi de Magistris, a centrist, is set to win a second term.

Ms Raggi, a 37-year-old lawyer, won 35% of the vote in the first round two weeks ago, against 24% for Mr Giachetti.

Correspondents say a victory in Rome would give anti-globalist Five Star a platform for parliamentary elections due in 2018.

The next mayor of Rome will find a city mired in debts of more than €13bn (£10bn; $15bn) – twice its annual budget.

Romans are frustrated by potholes, piles of rubbish and serious deficiencies in public transport and housing, the BBC’s James Reynolds reports from the Italian capital.

Founded by comedian Beppe Grillo in 2009, Five Star has been campaigning against the corruption that has plagued Italian politics for years.

PD’s Ignazio Marino resigned as mayor of Rome in October over an expenses scandal. The city has been without a mayor since then.

A much bigger scandal, involving alleged Mafia influence in Rome city hall, has fuelled Five Star’s rise.

It is looking to establish itself as the main opposition party in the 2018 general election.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Raggi

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very interesting development..

five star making waves again..

“Virginia Raggi, of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, was favourite against Roberto Giachetti of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD). Victory for Ms Raggi, little known just a few months ago, would be a blow to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.”

are they regarded as left or right wing?

“Correspondents say a victory in Rome would give anti-globalist Five Star a platform for parliamentary elections due in 2018.”

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~ by seeker401 on June 21, 2016.

One Response to “Rome poised to elect Virginia Raggi as first female mayor”

  1. If she is anti corruption she will have hard battles ahead – I will pray for her .

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