Rome the top prize as Italians vote in test for Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is facing a tight battle in municipal elections for control of Rome and other cities including Milan and NaplesItalian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s party was locked in battle Sunday for control of Rome and other cities in municipal elections seen as a test for the ruling party and the country’s divided right. The focus is on the major cities of Bologna, Milan, Naples, Turin and especially the capital Rome, where the populist anti-establishment Five Star is heading the race for the mayor’s seat. Despite the possibility his centre-left Democratic Party (PD) could lose control of both Rome and Milan, Renzi has played down the significance of the vote.

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