As planned, the new mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, presented the junta called to lead the capital for the next five years. The team of the first citizen of M5s comprises: Adriano Meloni (Commerce); Linda Meleo (transport); Flavia Marzano (bureaucracy simplification); Laura Baldassarre (Social); Paola Muraro (Environment); Paul Berdini (urban planning); Marcello Minenna (Budget); Luca Bergamo (culture). Virginia Raggi (staff), the deputy mayor Daniel Frongia (sports). Daniela Morgante is going to be the principal private secretary.
Andrea Lo Cicero has been left out, despite everyone has bet on him as Councilor for Sports in recent weeks. The rugby player did not want to create controversies, but he said that it came as “a surprise for me to learn that the decision to appoint him – already announced – was not implemented.” Yet, like in rugby, “you have to act in the best interest of the team, accepting the coach’s life choice it is right to serve the highest good service, that of the community. Sport has taught me discipline, rigor, and honesty and I have no intention of denying my own principles: therefore, I think there are the necessary conditions to begin a shared path. A strong ragby-stile ‘‘good luck’’ to Virginia and the entire junta”.
“A good, high-level team, which is also international – said M5S MEP Fabio Massimo Castaldo -. There are very competent people who demonstrate the power to transform this city. If you ask me whether there have been internal differences inside the movement as to the composition of the junta? Actually, the press has emphasized, we have taken a little ‘more time to get it right, the M5S is not tied to the logic of division. Today, we want to be here, even the national and local directories, because it is a historic moment.”