Rome elects 5-Star’s Raggi as city’s 1st female mayor
ROME (AFP-Jiji) — Virginia Raggi was elected Sunday as Rome’s first female mayor, exit polls showed, in an electoral triumph for the populist 5-Star Movement that represents a major setback for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Exit polls gave Raggi around two thirds of the vote in a run-off contest with Roberto Giachetti of Renzi’s center-left Democratic Party (PD).
The 37-year-old lawyer and local councilor, a complete unknown only a few months ago, had been widely expected to claim the keys to City Hall.
Victory in Rome is a major coup for the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement founded by comedian Beppe Grillo only seven years ago. The party has since established itself as the major opposition force in Italian politics and analysts say victory in Rome will give it a platform to mount a challenge to Renzi in national elections due in 2018.
Raggi successfully tapped into widespread anger among voters over the state of the capital’s public transport and other services, widely seen as having been undermined by years of sleaze in the municipal administration.
本日気になった表現は “sleaze” です。
『リーダーズ英和中辞典』(研究社)には, 「<口>低俗さ, いかがわしさ」, また「(政治家などの)腐敗, いやなもの」とありました。Oxford Dictionaries.com には “British immoral, sordid, and corrupt behavior or activities” と定義され, “political campaign that are long on sleaze and short on substance” という例が挙げられていました。
今回は, ラッジ氏が近頃のあきれた地方行政に着目し, 市民との連帯を図ったことが, 市長当選につながったのだと考えられます。( Cayu )