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Virginia Raggi: Rome's First Female Mayor Is Five Star

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Rome's newly elected Mayor Virginia Raggi at press conference. (Rex Features via AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 20 Jun 2016 09:16 AM

Virginia Raggi becomes Rome's first female mayor after the populist outsider won 67 percent of the vote in the Italian capital on Sunday.

Her election was a boon for the anti-establishment Five Star movement, which won in 19 out of 20 towns and cities in which its candidates stood for mayor, the BBC reported.

The 37-year-old Intellectual Property lawyer beat Democratic Party (PD) candidate Roberto Giachetti.

"I will be a mayor for all Romans. I will restore legality and transparency to the city's institutions after 20 years of poor governance," Raggi said, per BBC.

Mayor Ignazio Marino resigned in October over a scandal about the city's €13 billion (about $15 billion).

The Five Star movement was founded in 2009 by comedian Beppe Grillo to push for greater transparency and fight corruption in Italian politics, the BBC said.

Raggi told Agence France‑Presse that the birth of her son Matteo spurred her into politics to do something about the dilapidated city.

She was noticed for her "eloquence and stubbornness" when she was elected to the city council in 2013, according to AFP, which also described her as "unflinching" and noted that friends say her "gentle manner belies a steely core."

Raggi grew up in Rome's Saint John Lateran area and attended the University of Rome.

The election was a blow for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party, The Wall Street Journal noted, adding that the results threaten to weaken his leadership and increase division in the party.

Also contributing to the shifting political landscape was the election of Five Star candidate Chiara Appendino in Turin, who ousted the incumbent Mayor Piero Fassino.

“It has been a long journey and finally our time has arrived," Appendino said, according to The Guardian. "We have the possibility to build a new urban community, but above all we have a duty to heal a city which has been deeply injured."

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