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Rome set to elect first female mayor

Sarfraz Ali 04:48 PM | 19 Jun, 2016
Rome set to elect first female mayor
Rome , Italy (AAP) - Voters in the Italian capital went to the polls Sunday with all signs indicating that they will elect Virginia Raggi as the first female mayor of the Eternal City.

Raggi, a 37-year-old lawyer and local councillor, has leapt from anonymity to become one of the best-known faces in Italian politics in the space of only a few months on the campaign trail.

The telegenic brunette, whose victory would be a blow for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, is the rising star of the populist Five Star movement (M5S), the anti-establishment party founded by comedian Beppe Grillo.

More than nine million voters are eligible to take part in Sunday´s second round election in 126 communes, including Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin and Bologna.

"It´s a very special day for us, we finally have the chance to have somebody new who can change things," Aldo, a 72-year-old pensioner, told AFP shortly after casting his ballot for the Five Star movement at a primary school in the Trastevere district of Rome.

"All the others have failed, we hope that they will succeed," he added.

All eyes are on Five Star which has emerged as the best-supported opposition to the center-left Democratic Party (PD)-led coalition of Renzi, and the stakes are extremely high for a movement that was only founded in 2009.

With the ebullient Renzi´s star waning slightly, success in Rome could provide a platform for a tilt at national power in general elections due in 2018.

The PD also faces defeat in Italy´s financial capital Milan and a tough challenge in Turin.

"We are witnessing a historic moment," Raggi said after the first round of voting on June 5, from which she emerged with 35 percent of the vote, well ahead of her run-off second-placed rival, Roberto Giachetti (24 percent).

It was a particularly remarkable achievement for a party with a very limited organisational apparatus and also for a woman who only entered politics five years ago.

That was a move, she recently told AFP, triggered by the birth of her son Matteo and her determination that he should not grow up in a city beset by the intertwined problems of failing public services and endemic corruption.

Opposition to Italy´s ingrained cronyism and sleaze is the foundation of M5S´s appeal to voters and the Roman electorate have had their fill of those in recent years.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 31, 2023 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 267.9 270.65
Euro EUR 287.2 290
UK Pound Sterling GBP 327.75 331
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.3 74
Saudi Riyal SAR 70.35 71.05
Australian Dollar AUD 184.5 186.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 698.94 706.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 195 197.2
China Yuan CNY 38.76 39.16
Danish Krone DKK 38.4 38.8
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 32.05 32.40
Indian Rupee INR 3.1 3.12
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 850.1 859.1
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.93 61.53
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.66 170.66
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 682.86 690.86
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 70.4 71.1
Singapore Dollar SGD 197.17 199.17
Swedish Korona SEK 25.49 25.79
Swiss Franc CHF 285.03 287.53
Thai Bhat THB 8.01 8.16

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Karachi PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Islamabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Peshawar PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Quetta PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sialkot PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Attock PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujranwala PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Jehlum PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Multan PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Bahawalpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujrat PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nawabshah PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Chakwal PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Hyderabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nowshehra PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sargodha PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Faisalabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Mirpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370

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