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Elections - 31.05.2006

Results of local and regional elections in Italy
The left coalition is likely to keep the cities of Naples, Turin and Rome, after the local elections held on 28 and 29 May 2006.
Provisional results show that the incumbent mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni wins 61.5% of the vote against 36.9% for his challenger. With 66.6% of the votes, Sergio Chiamparino retains the mayor's seat in Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region. In Southern Italy, Rosa Russo Iervolino takes 58.2% of the votes in Naples.
In Milan, the city's mayorship should remain to the right-wing where for the first time a woman, Letizia Moratti, is elected mayor of the capital city of Lombardy.
Regional elections also took place in Sicily: The incumbent governor Salvatore Cuffaro and candidate from the right retains the presidency with 53% of the votes.
About 19.5 millions Italians were called to vote for 1.270 mayors. Turnout was about 71%.
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