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    Opposition Calls for Rome Mayor Resignation Over ‘Capital Mafia’ Probe

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    Italian opposition on Tuesday demanded that Rome’s Mayor Ignazio Marino step down over a criminal probe into suspected mafia bid-rigging for public contracts, local media said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A crowd of protesters from the political opposition group Five Star Movement shouted "Away With Mafia!" and "Resign!" to Marino as the city council met on Tuesday to consider replacing those senior officials arrested by Rome police in connection to an unraveling corruption scandal, the TG.com 24 news website reported.

    This came after the city’s financial police said earlier in the day it had issued six arrest warrants, including for a senior executive in the city administration.

    The arrests were part of the so-called Capital Mafia inquest revealing a network of officials, businesses and criminals who rig tenders for public contracts – from restorations of historic buildings to housing services.

    Over 40 people were arrested last week on suspicion of having links to corruption. This put additional pressure on Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his Democratic Party since the embattled Rome mayor is a member.

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