Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno stands during a photo opportunity in Rome on May 21, 2013. Silvio Berlusconi's figure looms large over Rome's mayoral elections this weekend even though the f

 

              Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno stands during a photo opportunity in Rome on May 21, 2013. Silvio Berlusconi
Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno stands during a photo opportunity in Rome on May 21, 2013. Silvio Berlusconi's figure looms large over Rome's mayoral elections this weekend even though the former premier isn't among the 19 candidates running. The vote is very much a test of Berlusconi's enduring political influence and voter sentiment over the uneasy national government made up of his center-right forces and the center-left that was formed following inconclusive February elections. While local issues don't necessarily mirror national concerns, how Berlusconi's candidate, incumbent Mayor Gianni Alemanno, fares is being watching as a measure of his political weight amid his continuing legal woes: Berlusconi faces a ban from holding public office for five years if his recent tax fraud conviction is upheld on final appeal and a verdict is due soon in his sex-for-hire trial. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)