Meet Virginia Raggi, Rome’s First Female Mayor In 3,000 Years

The victory is a major breakthrough for the Five-Star Movement, which feeds off popular anger over corruption.

Lawyer Virginia Raggi of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement has made history as the first female mayor of Rome.

The 37-year-old lawyer won 67 percent of the vote in Sunday's run-off ballot.

The party also won in Turin, a center-left stronghold. The victories could be a springboard to winning in national elections due to take place in 2018.

It marks a bitter blow for the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, and his Democratic Party. 

"A new era is beginning with us," said Raggi, who won in the run-off ballot. "We'll work to bring back legality and transparency to the city's institutions."

Banner/Thumbnail Credit: Reuters, Alessandro Bianchi 

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