Exit polls show that Virginia Raggi will be elected the first female mayor for Rome, Italy. That would be a defeat for the party of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.
“Rome city council member Virginia Raggi, a 37-year-old lawyer from the opposition Movimento 5 Stelle, or Five Star Movement, was receiving almost 70 percent support, according to analysis of exit polling data by Italy’s leading newspapers, Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica.
If the analysis holds, Raggi would oust Renzi’s Democratic Party, or PD, from power in the Italian capital. She led Renzi-backed Roberto Giachetti by almost 11 percentage points in the June 5 primary, but she was leading him by about 35 points in Sunday’s runoff, exit polls indicated.” [READ MORE]
Renzi’s party has been accused of widespread corruption. By comparison, the Five Star Movement was founded by a comedian, Giuseppe “Beppe” Grillo, as a “clean” alternative to corrupt parties. It has won several elections, and has become the largest single party in Italy’s lower Chamber of Deputies.
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