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Ignazio Marino centre-left candidate for Rome mayorship

Surgeon to take on incumbent Gianni Alemanno in May

Ignazio Marino centre-left candidate for Rome mayorship

Rome, April 8 - Senator and surgeon Ignazio Marino of the Democratic Party (PD) is the centre-left candidate for the Rome mayorship after beating five other candidates in primaries on Sunday. He will run against incumbent centre-right mayor Gianni Alemanno, the candidate of Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) Marcello De Vito, and businessman Alfio Marchini in elections scheduled for May 26 and 27. Over 100,000 people showed up at the polls in the primaries amid claims of "vote buying" due to alleged long queues of ethnic Roma at polling stations. Marino won over prominent PD member and former communications minister Paolo Gentiloni and former state television Rai newsreader David Sassuoli.

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