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Sicilians elect mayors in Siracusa, Ragusa, Messina

Center-left, 5-Star Movement, 'No Bridge' each pick up seats

Sicilians elect mayors in Siracusa, Ragusa, Messina

Palermo, June 24 - Three provincial capitals up for grabs in Sicily on Monday elected new mayors in a runoff vote. Center-left candidate Giancarlo Garozzo became the new mayor of Siracusa with 53.3% of the vote against 46.7% for Ezechia Paolo Reale, who ran on a mixed People of Freedom (PdL) and Civic List ticket. In Ragusa, Federico Piccitto from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement won the runoff with 69.4% of the vote, leaving center-left candidate Giovanni Cosentini behind at 30.6%. The city on the strait, Messina, elected No Bridge movement founder Renato Accorinti, who beat out his center-left opponent Felice Calabro' to become mayor with 52% of the vote. Accorinti's movement fought former premier Silvio Berlusconi's plan to build the world's longest suspension bridge, connecting Messina to mainland Italy. (photo: 5-Star Movement founder and leader Beppe Grillo, left, with Ragusa mayor-elect Federico Piccitto)

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