: Aljazeera: Virginia Raggi becomes first female mayor of Rome

10:42 Jun. 20, 2016

Aljazeera: Virginia Raggi becomes first female mayor of Rome

Candidate as Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi, of the 5-Star Movement, waves to supporters during a final rally in Ostia, in the outskirts of Rome, June 17, 2016 (AP Photo)

Anti-establishment Five Star movement candidate wins local polls in capital suffering from corruption and poor services

Virginia Raggi has been elected as Rome's first female mayor in a triumph for the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), representing a stinging setback for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Raggi swept into City Hall on Sunday, June 19, with two thirds of the votes cast in a run-off contest with Roberto Giachetti of Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party (PD).

A lawyer and local councillor, Raggi has leapt from anonymity to become one of the best-known faces in Italian politics in the space of only a few months on the campaign trail.

Raggi swept into City Hall with two thirds of the votes cast in a run-off contest with Roberto Giachetti of Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party (PD).

More than nine million voters were eligible to take part in the second-round election in 126 communes, including Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin and Bologna.

The result is a blow for Renzi's bloc and makes her the rising star of the M5S, the anti-establishment party founded by comedian-turned politician Beppe Grillo. Full story 

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