Women power leaves Italy’s Renzi reel­ing

Pakistan Observer - - PAGE - OME—Italian

RPrime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Renzi was left reel­ing Mon­day af­ter sting­ing lo­cal elec­tion re­verses that saw fe­male may­ors from the pop­ulist Five Star Move­ment (M5S) elected in Rome and Turin.

Vir­ginia Raggi’s tri­umph in Rome made her the first fe­male leader of the cap­i­tal since it was founded over two and a half mil­len­nia ago.

And it was a win based on ex­actly the kind of pro-change plat­form and mood that had, un­til now, un­der­pinned Renzi’s pop­u­lar­ity.

In his first re­ac­tion to Sun­day’s losses, Renzi made light of the set­backs, stress­ing big re­gional vari­a­tions and ar­gu­ing that the gains for M5S re­flected a de­sire for change that his govern­ment shared.

“Those who won yes­ter­day were those who knew best how to re­flect this longing for change,” he said. The rul­ing coun­cil of his Demo­cratic Party (PD) will hold an in­quest into the re­sult of the vote on Fri­day.—AFP

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