Rome councilors quit to force out embattled mayor


ROME: More than half of Rome’s elected councillors resigned en masse on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to oust scandal-tainted mayor Ignazio Marino, after he backtracked on a pledge to quit amid an expenses row. The embattled Marino announced earlier this month he was to step down, only to withdraw his resignation on Thursday — despite his own party calling on him to go. But the move by a majority of the Italian capital’s councilors — 26 out of a total of 48 — automatically unseats the mayor and ushers in a temporary commissioner to run the city while new elections are organised, possibly early next year. Milan Prefect Francesco Paolo Tronca was handed the temporary post.



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