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Women take charge as populist surge sweeps Italy

Newly elected Five Star Movement's candidate Virginia Raggi gives a press conference after winning the mayoral election on June 19, 2016 at her campaign headquarters in RomeVirginia Raggi was elected Sunday as Rome’s first female mayor in a triumph for the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) that represents a stinging setback for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Raggi swept into City Hall with two thirds of the votes cast in a run-off contest with Roberto Giachetti of Renzi’s centre-left Democratic Party (PD). The anti-establishment M5S also claimed control of the northern city of Turin, where another woman, Chiara Appendino, 31, ousted the sitting PD mayor with the help of backing from the far-right Northern League.

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