Rome set to elect first female mayor

Virginia Raggi, the Five Star Movement candidate for the mayoral elections in Rome, looks set to become the city's first female in the positionVoters in the Italian capital headed to the polls Sunday with all signs indicating that they will elect populist candidate Virginia Raggi as the first female mayor of the Eternal City. Raggi, a 37-year-old lawyer and local councillor, has leapt from anonymity to become one of the best-known faces in Italian politics in the space of only a few months on the campaign trail. The telegenic brunette, whose victory would be a blow for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, is the rising star of the Five Star movement (M5S), the anti-establishment party founded by comedian Beppe Grillo.

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