Rome’s first female mayor elected in vote that will test PM Renzi
ROME—Italians began voting on Sunday for mayors of their largest cities in a ballot that will test Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s popularity and could hand control of Rome to the antiestablishment 5-Star Movement (M5S).
Virginia Raggi, a 37 year-old lawyer from the M5S, was in pole position to seize the scandalplagued capital from Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD) and become its first female mayor.
The PD took a bruising in the first round of voting on June 5. Italy’s four biggest cities are among 126 towns holding run-offs between first and secondplaced candidates after none won more than 50 percent backing.
Attention is focused on Rome, financial hub Milan and the traditional PD stronghold Turin as 8.6 million people - just under a fifth of the total electorate - cast their vote.—Agencies