AMA (Rome municipal agency for the ambient) clean up trash that overflowed from garbage bins, in Rome, in this photo taken on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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In Italy's general election campaign, Rome's uncollected garbage has become fodder for politicians – and at least one pig. The capital's dirty streets, lined with brimming-over, nasty-smelling garbage bins, are providing a handy way to trash the performance of Mayor Virginia Raggi, arguably the most high-profile office holder of the Five Star Movement (M5S).So when a pig was seen rooting through a pile of garbage bags along a Rome street earlier this month, rivals gleefully grabbed the opportunity.In Raggi's defense, Rome seems to be eternally lurching from one garbage emergency to the next, irrespective of who is in charge.M5S politicians declared that Rome didn't need such a rescue, and, citing high costs of transporting the garbage far away, the city nixed the offer.Pavoncello, who is president of John Cabot University in Rome, was skeptical poor mayoral performances would make a difference nationally.
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