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New Rome mayor says city can 'dream again'

Centre left's Marino wants capital to be Italy's moral guide

New Rome mayor says city can 'dream again'

(see related stories) Rome, June 10 - New mayor Ignazio Marino said Monday that Rome can dream again after he beat centre-right incumbent Gianni Alemanno by a big margin in a run-off contest, adding that he wanted the capital to be Italy's "moral guide". Marino of the centre-left Democratic Party took around 64% of the vote compared to around 36% for Alemanno, a member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) Party, and his candidates also captured all the boroughs that make up the city. "We've won all the boroughs for the first time," Marino said. "With an extended squad we'll take back the history of Rome. This city will dream again. I want to see people smile again". Marino also talked about the low turnout in Sunday and Monday's run-off votes in local elections in many parts of Italy, which has been seen as another sign of public disenchantment with a political class that has failed to fix Italy's economic ailments. Less than half, 44.93%, took part in the run-off in Rome after just 52.81% took part in the first round. "Rome is the capital. It's from here that we have to revive its role as the country's moral guide," said Marino. "We have to involve those who didn't vote and convince them that politics is not about positions (for politicians), it's about service". "I'm excited about this responsibility and I thank those who believed in me". The new mayor also thanked his party, which has been badly hit by internal divisions after failing to win February's general election. "Parties are made up of people and those people helped me for the rebirth of Rome," he said. "I hope Rome will be proud of me. He added that he would work "on the basis of ideals, not ideology" while stressing that his administration would focus on the capital's weaker elements. "I believe in a city that does not forget those left behind, that does not forget solidarity," said the 58-year-old surgeon. "It's a value of the centre left that now has won".

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