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Rome mayor resigns - again

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Rome mayor resigns - again

<p>Rome’s chaotic city politics have left the Italian capital without a mayor, after Ignazio Marino resigned on Friday.</p> <p>Francesco Paolo Tronca, the prefect of Milan, has been appointed Rome Commissioner and will manage the city until mayoral elections are held.</p> <p>Elected mayor in 2013, Marino struggled to address Rome’s financial problems and his approval ratings plummeted.</p> <p>The leaders of Marino’s party – the Democratic Party (PD), now led by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi – and Renzi himself withdrew their support for the mayor.</p> <p>Amid a scandal over his expenses, Marino finally resigned on 8 October, before changing his mind and withdrawing his resignation.</p> <p>Marino denies any wrongdoing relating to his expenses.</p> <p>The withdrawal of the resignation risked plunging Rome into chaos, and was also seen as an embarrassment to Renzi.</p> <p>In a move to finally end the impasse and oust Marino, more than half of Rome’s city councillors resigned en masse on Friday.</p> <p>After which, he resigned again.</p>