|65th Mayor of Rome|
Assumed office |
22 June 2016
Francesco Paolo Tronca |
as Special Commissioner
Virginia Elena Raggi|
18 July 1978
|Political party||Five Star Movement|
|Alma mater||Roma Tre University|
Virginia Elena Raggi (Italian pronunciation: [virˈdʒiːnja ˈraddʒi]; born 18 July 1978) is an Italian lawyer and politician, the 65th and current Mayor of Rome, who was first elected in 2016. Raggi represents the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), and is both the first candidate from that party and the first woman to be elected to Rome's mayoralty.
Raggi was born and raised in the Appio Latino district of Rome, and studied law at the Roma Tre University, specialising in judicial and extrajudicial civil law. Raggi was previously a member of local neighborhood boards before joining the Five Star Movement for Rome district XIV in 2011. Raggi lives with her family in the Ottavia zone of Rome. She is married to fellow M5S member Andrea Severini with whom she has one child, born in 2009. She is a Catholic and married in the church.
Election as Mayor
In the 2013 municipal election, Raggi was one of four members of the Five Star Movement elected to Rome city council. The maximum term of office lasts five years, but the resignation of mayor Ignazio Marino (a member of the Democratic Party) triggered early elections; Marino was ousted from office after more than half the city's councillors stepped down. Raggi won the closed primary (against Marcello De Vito — the party's 2013 nominee to the office of Mayor — and other minor candidates) in preparation for the upcoming June 2016 Rome municipal early election. Described by The Economist as "a talented debater", Raggi is the first female Mayor of the city. She "promised to fight corruption and bring back Rome’s splendor a year after a wide-reaching scandal exposed criminal infiltration in city bidding contracts". Raggi also opposed Rome’s bid to host the Olympic 2024 Olympic Games, arguing that the city was in a “delicate moment” pointing out the spiralling deficits in Olympic cities. In June 2016 Raggi said “with 13 billion euros in debt, Rome can’t afford taking on more debt to make cathedrals in the desert […] My 'no' is very clear. It starts with the numbers.” The bid was ultimately withdrawn in September 2016.
Raggi and her party (Five Star Movement, M5S) came in first place in the first round of voting (5 June 2016) in the Rome mayoral election, garnering over 35 percent of the vote. In the second round of voting (19 June 2016), Raggi opposed Roberto Giachetti, a member of the Democratic Party (PD) and Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies in the XVII Legislature, who obtained over 24 percent of the vote in first round. Raggi won the second round with the 67.2 percent of or slightly over 770,000 votes; she is the first woman and the first member of M5S to hold the office of Mayor of Rome.
Mayor of Rome
In September 2016, Rome withdrew its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Raggi told reporters the bid for the games would go no further, citing ongoing financial troubles in Italy as the main reason for cancelling the bid. She said hosting the games would be "irresponsible" and would only cause the city to fall into further debt.
In February 2017, Raggi was put under investigation for two cases of "abuso d'ufficio" (misuse of office) with regard to decisions on staffing of her private office.
She confirmed in December 2017 that she would not run for another term in 2021, following the rule within the Five Star Movement of "zero-cost politics", where only two elected terms are allowed.
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- Official campaign website of Virginia Raggi
| Mayor of Rome
|Party political offices|
Marcello De Vito (2013)
| Five Star Movement nominee for Mayor of Rome