Rome has elected the first female mayor in its 2,769-year history with the 37-year-old lawyer vowing to take on the Pope and the Mafia.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Rome did not elect Virginia Raggi because she’s a woman, they elected her because of her promise to work to expose and stop the corruption plaguing Rome from the Mafia and the Pope’s Vatican system. She was elected on the promise to return power to the people of Rome. In America in November, a candidate who also promises to return power to the people will be elected, and his name is Donald Trump.
Virginia Raggi of the 5-Star protest movement stormed to victory after capitalising on anger over political corruption and deteriorating services in the Italian capital.
Her cause in the capital was helped by the ousting of her predecessor, the Democratic Party’s Ignazio Marino, over an expenses issue and a much bigger scandal over organised crime’s infiltration of the city administration.
In what is known as the ‘Mafia Capitale’ case, dozens of local businessmen, officials and politicians are currently on trial for their involvement in a criminal network that ripped off the city to the tune of tens – if not hundreds – of millions of euros.
Raggi has pledged to tackle corruption in the city and, in an interview with the Guardian, said she intended to take on the Catholic church.
The newspaper reports that she wants to pursue up to £310 million in allegedly unpaid taxes on the Vatican’s real estate holdings and some of its assets.
She has claimed that previous administrations have been afraid to take on the Vatican over the issue.
As Rome’s established parties’ power bases imploded, municipal services, especially strike-plagued mass transport, street repairs and waste collection, deteriorated.
‘I will work to bring legality and transparency’ to Rome’s administration, Ms Raggi told supporters. She said ‘the citizens of Rome won’, and pledged that ‘with us a new era begins’. source