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Sara Funaro elected first woman mayor of Florence

By AFP
June 25, 2024
Florences first woman mayor Sara Funaro seen clapping in this image.— WikiData/file
Florence's first woman mayor Sara Funaro seen clapping in this image.— WikiData/file  

ROME: The Italian city of Florence, a leftist bastion, on Monday elected its first woman mayor as Sara Funaro easily defeated the right-wing ex-director of the prestigious Uffizi Galleries.

Funaro, a local councillor with the centre-left Democratic Party, won 60 percent of the vote in a second round run-off against German-born art historian Eike Schmidt, official results showed.

Schmidt, a political novice known for his successful revamp of the Uffizi Galleries during eight years as director, was backed by far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni´s coalition government.

If elected, he would have been the first right-wing politician to lead the historically liberal city. But it was not to be. Funaro, 48, has been a city counsellor since 2014 in the administration of outgoing mayor Dario Nardella, charged with welfare, health care, immigration and teaching.