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Virgina Raggi

Date and place of birth: 1978. Rome
Current position: mayor of Rome, the first female mayor of the Eternal City
Previous: In 2013, Raggi was elected to the city council with 1,525 votes
Education: Law degree from Università Roma 3
What you should know: Raggi, a lawyer born and raised in Rome, specializes in intellectual property and new technology for the Sammarco law firm. It's not just any old law office. Her colleagues there are known for defending former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Berlusconi's lawyer, former Defense Minister Cesare Previti (twice found guilty of corruption and permanently banned from holding public office) and Marcello Dell'Utri, a former member of Parliament for Berlusconi's Forza Italia party found guilty of mafia association. Once these connections emerged, they were used by Raggi's detractors to insinuate that she works for Forza Italia and belongs to Rome's right-wing circles. She reacted strongly. Her candidacy in Rome was established on February, 2016 through online voting on Grillo's blog (which is how the party selects its leaders): some 3,862 out of a possible 9,500 subscribers voted. She won 1,764 votes — or 45.5% of the total.

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