>> The new face of Roman politics, Virginia Raggi was poised on Sunday to win Rome's mayoral election. A 37-year-old lawyer, Raggi represents the Five Star Movement, an anti-establishment party founded by comedian Beppe Grillo. A 126 regions including Italy's four biggest cities are holding run-off elections, that's because no candidate won more than 50% backing in those districts.
The vote is seen as a test of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's popularity. His Democratic Party took a bruising in the first round of voting. Its candidate won second place in Rome to Raggi's 35.2% of the vote. Conquering the capitol would be a big victory for M5S. It's capitalizing on the frustration with traditional parties who have been tainted by corruption scandals.
Weakness in Italy's economy hasn't helped and M5S has promised universal income support as well as a referendum on membership of the Euro.