The Italian parliament’s anti-mafia committee released the names of 17 local election candidates suspected of graft or organized crime links on Friday — an embarrassment for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi before local elections on Sunday.
The highest profile name was Vincenzo De Luca, the candidate from Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD) for president of the southern Campania region, who is accused of corruption and has a conviction for abuse of office.
Around 22 million voters go to the polls on Sunday in seven of Italy’s 20 regions and more than 1,000 municipalities. The elections are the biggest test for Renzi since the center-left PD triumphed in last year’s European elections with 41 percent of the vote.
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