Agence France-PresseJune 10, 2013 10:38
Italy on Monday wrapped up municipal election runoffs in 67 towns and cities with a minuscule turnout, notably in Rome, reflecting voters' disaffection with politics and adding to suspense over the outcome.
"It's not a drop, it's a collapse (in voter participation)," the leading Corriere della Sera daily said in an editorial. "This is disenchantment."
Rome's right-wing mayor Gianni Alemanno is facing a stiff challenge from centre-left challenger Ignazio Marino, who won nearly 43 percent in the first round compared with 30 percent for the incumbent, a former neo-fascist.