Five Star Movement candidate will have to deal with several challenges if elected as Italian capitals first female mayor
Italians are heading to the polls on Sunday for local elections that will be closely watched in Rome, where the Eternal City is expected to elect its first female mayor.
The fight between Virginia Raggi, the mayoral candidate for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, and the Democratic partys Roberto Giachetti pits a largely unknown quantity against a candidate representing the left-of-centre party of the prime minister, Matteo Renzi.
While local issues, from corruption to unreliable public transport, are likely to decide the race. the election of Raggi to one of the most high profile political posts in Italy would mark an important milestone for the countrys women. The 37-year-old lawyer enters the race having secured 36% of the vote in the first-round election on 5 June, while Giachetti won less than 25% in the crowded field.
But if Raggi wins she will face several challenges. Here are five of them:
1. A new image for the Five Star Movement
A Raggi win would not only be significant for women in Italian politics, it could also mark an important transition in the Five Star Movement, the party founded by the comedian Beppe Grillo.