Italy's 5-star has big lead in Rome mayoral election- exit polls

June 6, 2016 00:44

ROME - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement took a large lead in the first round of voting for the mayor of Rome, according to exit polls published on Sunday, in a possible blow to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Some 13 million people, or a quarter of the adult population, were eligible to vote for mayors of around 1,300 towns and cities on Sunday, with attention focused firmly on a handful of major centres, including the Italian capital.

The 5-Star candidate in Rome, Virginia Raggi was likely to win 33-37 percent of the vote, according to the EMG pollster, followed by the centre-left's Roberto Giachetti, who is backed by Renzi, accredited with 22-26 percent.

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