The Italian political landscape was reshaped on Monday as two candidates from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) were elected to lead the cities of Rome and Turin, presenting a direct challenge to the centre-left prime minister, Matteo Renzi.
Virginia Raggi, the M5S candidate in the Italian capital, declared a “new era” after winning 67% of the vote in a runoff ballot against the Democratic party’s (PD) Roberto Giachetti, who conceded defeat less than an hour after polls closed.
“The result is above all expectation,” Raggi, 37, said in her victory speech. “It really is a historic result, and we must work every day for the next five years, because it will be tough. We know how Rome is, but the tougher it is, the greater it will be. We will succeed in doing what we have planned to do.”
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