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Rome’s first female mayor targets corruption

Rome's new mayor, Virginia Raggi, plans to recoup money for public services by ending waste, fraud and mismanagement in city government. (Marco Iacobucci EPP /

After sweeping to victory, Rome’s first female mayor is ready to clean house.

Angus MacKinnon reports for AFP that Virginia Raggi vows to accomplish what many Romans long considered impossible: end the corruption that permeates city hall.  

At just 37, this lawyer and former city council member is poised to transform the Eternal City after winning two-thirds of the vote in a run-off election, the article says. She has pledged to improve unreliable bus and tram service, fill potholes and tidy litter-strewn streets.

But her biggest challenge will be rooting out corruption. Raggi says the city can recoup €1.2 billion (US$1.3 billion) annually by reducing waste, fraud and mismanagement. The money would be spent on municipal improvements. Achieving that goal, however, won’t be easy. It requires taking on criminal networks that have infiltrated city hall and overhauling a contract bidding process prone to bribes and kickbacks.  

A relative newcomer to politics, the new mayor embraced public service just five years ago after the birth of her son, according to the women’s leadership forum Makers. Learn more about Mayor Raggi’s agenda here


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