Populist opposition ahead in Rome, exit polls for Italy elections say

The candidate of the Five Star Movement (M5S), a populist opposition party, has won by far the biggest share of the vote in Rome mayoral elections, exit polls say.

The M5S' Virginia Raggi has secured 33-37 per cent of the vote against 22-26 per cent for her main rival, Roberto Giachetti of the Democratic Party, an EMG survey for the LA7 broadcaster says.

Another exit poll by the Piepoli Institute for RAI state television estimates that Raggi has gathered 34-38 per cent of the votes, while her competitor Giachetti is on 20-24 per cent.

If it is confirmed that no candidate has cleared the 50-per-cent threshold for a victory, Raggi and Giachetti will go into a run-off on June 19. Pollsters say run-offs are also likely in other big cities like Milan and Naples.

Last update: Mon, 06/06/2016 - 01:07

More from Europe

Britain's May will be first foreign leader to meet President Trump

British Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first foreign leader to visit new US President Donald Trump, the...

Brexit is "hostile action" for Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein says

Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union is a "hostile action" for the...

"We shall overcomb": Tens of thousands join London Women's March

An estimated 100,000 people gathered in central London on Saturday for a rally and march to show support for the...

Slovenian interior minister says Geneva convention outdated

Slovenia will not let others run its asylum policy and mange its borders, and the Geneva convention on refugees is...

Trump win causes right-wing hearts to soar at meeting in Germany

Looking west the day after US President Donald Trump's inauguration, European right-wing party leaders who had...