Prime Minister Renzi’s Democratic Party was forced to retire all of its aldermen in order to sack the Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino. A surgeon working in the United States, Mr Marino was an outsider who had been called in to fix up a chaotic city, but he was unable to stem the tide of corruption and criminal infiltration or to improve the public services offered by the Municipality, at least according to Mr Renzi.
A sizable number of supporters of the Mayor is criticing the curt move by the Prime Minister, arguing that Mr Marino had been given a mammoth task which was impossible to complete quickly. Moreover, the Government will now be forced to call new elecions which could be won by the rightist hardliners, who are quite strong in the capital.
Mr Marino accused Mr Renzi of being undemocratic for not eleven allowing the Mayor to address the Council a last time, thus echoing an accusation which is routinely brought against the Prime Minister.