Italy: Virginia Raggi becomes first female mayor of Rome



    Italy: Virginia Raggi becomes first female mayor of Rome

    June 20, Rome: 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, reports said.

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

    According to 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.

    M5S has emerged as the best-supported opposition to Renzi's coalition and success in Rome could provide a platform for a tilt at national power in general elections due in 2018, BBC reported.

    The Oslo Times International News Network