- Title: Rome court expected to rule in case against city mayor, Virginia Raggi
- Date: 10th November 2018
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (OCTOBER 25, 2018) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BUSES AND TAXIS DRIVING ALONG ROADS WITH POTHOLES PEOPLE WALKING ON STEPS WITH POTHOLES POTHOLES ON STEPS PLASTIC BAGS IN OVERFLOWING RUBBISH BIN RUBBISH BINS IN CENTRAL ROME PLASTIC BOTTLES IN FULL RUBBISH BIN PEOPLE WALKING ALONG STREET WITH ST. PETER'S BASILICA IN BACKGROUND, GARBAGE IN STREET WOMAN THROWING PLASTIC CUP IN FULL RUBBISH BIN MAN THROWING PLASTIC CUP IN FULL RUBBISH BIN PLASTIC BAG DRIFTING ALONG STREET
- Embargoed: 24th November 2018 09:18
- Keywords: Rome rubbish Italy potholes Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi public transport system Spelacchio corruption
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- City: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00295X9GEF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: An Italian judge is due to rule on Saturday (November 10) on a corruption case involving Rome mayor, Virginia Raggi, regarding a contested appointment within her administration.
Raggi was elected mayor in 2016 in a vote that was seen at the time as a major breakthrough for her 5-Star party, which has always promoted a squeaky-clean image and promised to clean up the corruption-riddled Italian capital.
However, she has struggled to overcome the many problems of the chaotic, debt-laden city and her conviction, albeit for a relatively minor offense, could force her to stand down, leaving the future of the Rome council in doubt.
Raggi has always denied any wrongdoing, but the 5-Star's code of ethics say its elected officials have to resign if they are convicted by any court.
Last December a Christmas tree that stood in the capital's central Piazza Venezia was dubbed "Spelacchio", roughly translated as mangy, and became a symbol of what many see as the decay of the eternal city.
Critics say Raggi has made little if any progress in resolving Rome's many problems, including a decrepit transport network, pot-holed roads and inefficient garbage service.
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