Mussolini's granddaughter wins most votes in Rome council elections

Benito Mussolini's granddaughter tops the polls among city councillors in Rome.

Rachele Mussolini, the granddaughter of Italy's fascist dictator, has received the most votes in Rome's local elections for the city council.

Standing as a councillor for the far-right Fratelli d'Italia (FdI) party, Mussolini has won more than 8,200 votes, granting her a second term.* She put her success down to "hard work" rather than her family name.

Elected a city councillor in 2016, on a civic list supporting FdI leader Giorgia Meloni, Mussolini ran in this  election on an FdI ticket.

Named after the fascist dictator's first wife, Rachele is the daughter of actress Carla Maria Puccini and jazz pianist Romano Mussolini, the youngest son of Il Duce.

She is the half-sister of former far-right politician Alessandra Mussolini who left politics last year.

The vote for Rome mayor will move to a run-off between Roberto Gualtieri (centre-left) and Enrico Michetti (centre-right) on 17-18 October, with the outgoing mayor Virginia Raggi failing to get re-elected.

* This article was updated to include the final count of more than 8,200 votes, updating the 4,435 votes cited on Tuesday afternoon (while the count was still ongoing) when the article was first published.