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Renzi working on new 'Save Rome' decree says mayor

Marino warns canonisation of popes, city services at risk

27 February, 17:36
Renzi working on new 'Save Rome' decree says mayor (see previous) (ANSA) - Rome, February 27 - Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino said Thursday that Premier Matteo Renzi "assured me they are working right now on a decree" to provide the capital with funds for basic services. On Wednesday the government nixed an earlier initiative, prompting Marino to threaten shutting down the city and jeopardizing the upcoming canonisation of popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Speaking to Italian State news channel Rainews24, the mayor said Renzi was "a serious person, who's well aware of the issues, and I'm sure what he told me is true". Marino added that he did not threaten to shut down the city, but that such would happen naturally without any funds. "With the money currently at our disposal, I'm able to perform road maintenance every 52 years and clean out the city's 500,000 manholes every 24 years. One understands this isn't really maintenance," he said.