Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Virginia Raggi

Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Virginia Raggi

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Romans have elected their first ever woman mayor. Virginia Raggi is a native of the Italian capital and, unlike some other gender firsts (Hillary Clinton and Maggie Thatcher come to mind), a far cry from a neoliberal careerist.

Raggi's political success is born not only of a talent for debating and solid corruption-fighting credentials, but as a flag-bearer for Italy's insurgent protest party, the M5S movement. Her victory, and that of a fellow M5Ser (also a woman) in the northern city of Turin, is a shot across the bow of Italy's complacent political class.

M5S is the inspiration of humourist Beppo Grillo and the party (with about 25 per cent of the vote nationally) generally eschews any compromise with the country's traditional centrist and male powerbrokers such as incumbent prime minister Matteo Renzi. …

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