Rowers on a gondola take part in the Vogalonga, or Long Row, in the Venice lagoon June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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The center-left mayor of Venice resigned Friday over a corruption scandal linked to the construction of the city's much needed flood barrier that has embarrassed the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.Giorgio Orsoni, a university professor who represented Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) at his election in 2010, was arrested last week on accusations of receiving 560,000 euros ($762,400) in illicit political financing from the consortium responsible for the flood barrier.Orsoni's role was only one aspect of the scandal involving alleged kickbacks connected with the 5 billion euro ($6.8 billion) flood barrier, a huge series of mobile barriers designed to protect Venice from rising tides.
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