Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROMA

Comedian Grillo's M5S movement accused of lacking democracy

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(ANSA) - Roma, September 7 - Genovese gadfly comedian Beppe
Grillo and his populist Five Star Movement (M5S) came under
scrutiny on Friday after a regional councillor representing the
party criticised its lack of democracy and said it risked
explosion.
Giovanni Favia, a regional councillor in Emilia Romagna,
said in an off-the-record interview to a television talkshow
recorded in May but broadcast on Thursday that "(Gianroberto)
Casaleggio (co-founder and mastermind of M5S) is taking everyone
for a ride because in our movement democracy does not exist.
"So either they remove themselves or the movement will
explode in their hands," he added.
It is always Casaleggio who draws up the guidelines and
decides what public initiatives to take, said Favia, suggesting
that he also drew up the party lists in recent local elections.
"The problem is that they have started a movement that might
truly be a guiding light also on a global level if they could
only go beyond the complicity of their proprietary system," he
concluded.
In a statement posted on Beppe Grillo's website Casaleggio
denied all the charges against him.
Favis subsequently justified his comments on Facebook,
saying that "Now there are problems and we will work together to
resolve them".
M5S performed well in local regional municipal and regional
elections in May and at the end of June polls gave it over 20%
of popular support, making it Italy's second most popular party
after the Democratic Party.
However there gave been grumblings from parts of the
movement over the amount of power held by its leaders.

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