Rome’s first fe­male mayor elected in vote that will test PM Renzi

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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