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Rome mayor Marino overthrown by city councillors after withdrawing resignation

After weeks of meetings and political chaos, Ignazio Marino retracts his resignation
Rome mayor Marino overthrown by city councillors after withdrawing resignation

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On October 29, the mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino has withdrawn his resignation.

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Mayor Ignazio Marino is forced to quit as 26 councillors, 19 from PD party and 7 others have officially resigned, signing the fall of the current city executive. Rome Prefect Gabrielli must now find a commissioner until new elections.

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In order to continue his mandate Marino will have to obtain the confidence of the city council members but it is unclear whether he will be able to continue his work without the support of his party, the Democratic Party (PD) and of President Matteo Renzi, who has openly criticized him and his mandate. So far, the vice mayor and seven senior officials have resigned following Marino's decision to stay. All 19 PD councillors are ready to quit, but they would need other six city council members to do the same to overthrow Marino.

The resignation came last October 12 after the pressure of the Democratic Party, lead by Prime Minister Renzi, following a series of scandals and complains. Marino was asked to leave after this summer's news of Rome's state of degradation and the recent accusation of spending the city's money for personal use.

40 days away from the beginning of Pope Francis' Jubilee year of Mercy starting on December 8, which will attract millions of pilgrims from all over the world, Rome's administration is paralyzed. The next hours' developments will define the future of the city.

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