Rome Defies New Anti-Establishment Mayor With the Same Old Problems
- It has not been an easy nine months for Virginia Raggi since she was elected Rome's first female mayor on the promise of cleaning up city hall and ushering in transparent governance.
One of her once closest aides sits in jail on corruption charges. Another is under investigation over accusations of abuse of office. There have been photographs of her retreating to the roof of city hall in order to hold a private conversation splashed all over newspapers. Prosecutors interrogated her for eight hours to clarify her relations to the two aides, provoking criticism that she is incapable of choosing honest collaborators.
Ms. Raggi was supposed to be the anti-establishment Five Star Movement's prime example of how a nonprofessional politician could shake up Italy's politics. Instead, the movement's opponents now point to Ms. Raggi's administration as proof that the party is far more suited to tearing down government than actually running it, and that Italy's new breed of politician is no better than the old one - no less tainted by corruption, no less ineffective and no less unpopular.(Excerpt) Read more at: nytimes.com ...
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