Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian comic Grillo won't ally with Di Pietro

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Rome, November 6 - Italian comic Beppe Grillo said
Tuesday his rising anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S)
would not ally with Clean Hands magistrate Antonio Di Pietro or
his embattled anti-graft Italy of Values (IdV) party.
"Antonio Di Pietro has my friendship," said Grillo on his
blog. "But the M5S will not ally with the IdV nor with anyone
else. The M5S wants to replace the party system with direct
democracy".
His announcement came after an unexpected endorsement last
week for Di Pietro as the next Italian president, after Giorgio
Napolitano steps down next year.
Grillo applauded the former anti-corruption magistrate as
"the only parliamentarian to stand up to (ex-premier Silvio)
Berlusconi" over the years.
But Di Pietro faces his own corruption accusations, which
became national news after investigative program Report last
week explored allegations into the possible misuse of party
funds to build a large property portfolio.
Di Pietro, who denies any wrongdoing, founded his party
after spearheading the famous Clean Hands investigations into
political corruption in the early 1990s, which exposed the
Bribesville system, shaking Italian politics to its core.
Claiming to be the victim of an organized smear campaign,
Di Pietro faces suggestions of being no better than the crooks
he set out to rein in while his party is showing signs of
fraying.
On Monday, the House whip of his party resigned after
publicly comparing "the decline" of Di Pietro to that of
Berlusconi, and accused him of knowingly "scrapping" the party.
"He has betrayed his own history and in recent months has
messed everything up," said Donadi.

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