Leading member of the populist anti-corruption Five Star Movement (M5S) of Italy, Virginia Raggi (38) was elected as first female mayor of capital city Rome.
Virginia Raggi, a leading member of the populist anti-corruption Five Star Movement (M5S), on 20 June 2016 was elected as Rome’s first female mayor.
• She is also the first candidate from that party, M5S to be elected to Rome's mayoralty.
• Raggi, who will turn 38 in July 2016, is also the youngest mayor in Rome's history.
• A lawyer and local councilor, Raggi was elected to the post for the Italian capital after winning 67% of the vote in a runoff ballot against the Democratic Party’s (PD) Roberto Giachetti.
• Apart from her, Chiara Appendino another M5S candidate won the mayoral elections in Turin.
• M5S is a political party which was founded by comedian-turned politician Beppe Grillo.
• With this win in Rome, the party also emerged as the main opposition to centre-left Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi.