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 anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S).
Virginia Raggi, a 37 year-old lawyer from the M5S, was in pole position to seize the scandal-plagued 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 second-placed 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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