Virginia Raggi elected as Rome’s first female mayor in landslide

Newly elected mayor of Rome, Five Star Movement's candidate Virginia Raggi (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Thirty-seven-year-old Rome city council member Virginia Raggi has been elected as the city’s first female mayor. Raggi is an attorney and a member of the antiestablishment Five Star Movement (M5S). As of Monday morning, she’d captured 67 percent of the vote, according to the Italian Interior Ministry.

Raggi campaigned against corruption and failing public services, soundly beating her Democratic Party (PD) opponent Roberto Giachetti, who was backed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, also of the PD.

In Turin, another female candidate took the mayorship as well. Another M5S member, 31-year-old Chiara Appendino tallied more than half the vote against PD rival and incumbent, Piero Fassino.

The Guardian reports that the rarity of having female mayors in Italy has kicked off debate over whether or not the Italian word for mayor, sindaco, has a feminine form.

Read the full story at NBC News.

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