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Rome mayor resigns over new expense scandal


Italian news reports say Rome mayor Ignazio Marino has resigned following a scandal over his expense accounts that was the last straw in a months-long campaign to get him out of office.

   Italy's SkyTG24 and ANSA news agency cited a statement from Marino late Thursday in which he defended his administration and said it had rooted out corruption and mafia infiltration in city hall from the previous mayor. He said his resignation was not an admission of guilt and noted that Italian law allows resignations to be rescinded within 20 days.

   Marino stepped aside after Rome prosecutors this week opened an investigation into his use of his city hall credit card following questions about whether he expensed family dinners, claiming they were official business.

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