Newcomer beats Renzi’s candidate in Rome mayoral runoff

June 19, 2016 11:58 PM

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ROME — An anti-establishment newcomer, capitalizing on anger over political corruption and deteriorating city services, trounced Premier Matteo Renzi’s candidate in Rome’s mayoral runoff Sunday to become the first woman to head City Hall in the Italian capital.

With more than 80 percent of ballots counted from Sunday’s election, Virginia Raggi of the 5-Star Movement led by a 2-to-1 margin. Her rival, Democrat Roberto Giachetti, who was backed by Renzi, conceded defeat less than an hour after polls closed.

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