Italian Premier Matteo Renzi speaks at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was trounced by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in local elections in Rome and Turin Sunday, clouding his chances of winning a do-or-die referendum in October.As a consolation for Renzi, his center-left Democratic Party (PD) held on to power in Italy's financial capital Milan and in the northern city of Bologna, beating more traditional, center-right candidates in both places.The incumbent, Piero Fassino, a veteran party heavyweight, was swept aside by 5-Star candidate Chiara Appendino, 31, who overturned an 11-point gap after the first round to win 55 percent of the vote.Some 8.6 million people, around a fifth of the total electorate, were eligible to vote Sunday in run-off ballots for mayors of 126 towns and cities where no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote in a first round of voting.Naples, Italy's third largest city, was already a lost cause for the PD, whose candidate was knocked out on June 5 .
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