Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Grillo says won't vote confidence in PD

Rome, February 27 - Anti-establishment Five Star
Movement (M5S) chief Beppe Grillo on Wednesday rebuffed
overtures from Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani
aimed at achieving a majority in the deadlocked Senate and said
the PD head should quit after squandering his coalition's big
pre-election poll lead over ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi.
Grillo called Bersani "a political stalker who has been
bothering the M5S for days with indecent proposals instead of
resigning like anyone else in his position would".
Bersani responded by saying "whatever Grillo has to say to
me he should tell me in parliament, and everyone should assume
their responsibilities".
The M5S rode a huge anti-austerity, anti-euro and
anti-politics protest vote to become the biggest single party in
the House and potentially the hinge force in the Senate, where
no one got a majority, in the Sunday-Monday elections.
Berlusconi, written off as dead a year ago, stormed back
into the reckoning with a crowd-pleasing media blitz for his
re-energized People of Freedom (PdL) party, almost making the
election result a PD-PdL dead heat.
The PD alliance with smaller leftist ally SEL scraped a
House win with a 0.34% edge over the centre right and got two
more Senate seats than the PdL-led forces.
But Italy's controversial election law secured the centre
left a 340-seat majority in the House, leading Bersani to take
an initial run at a tricky government-forming task, although he
has not yet received a formal mandate from President Giorgio
Napolitano.
On Tuesday Bersani appealed to Grillo to support a
5-6-point platform including political spending cuts, the
abolition of provincial governments, a conflict-of-interest law
and electoral reform, enabling a confidence vote that would
break the Senate deadlock.
The tub-thumping Genoese activist comic and potential
kingmaker initially appeared to suggest this might work, along
the lines of the PD-led Sicilian administration the M5S is
supporting on an issue-by-issue basis, which Grillo called
"miraculous".
But on Wednesday he scoffed at Bersani's proposal, saying
the M5S "will only vote for laws that reflect our platform".
Amid widespread perceptions that the PD was the big loser
Monday even though it narrowly came top in both houses, Bersani
is facing calls from disappointed voters to stand down in favour
of Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, his defeated opponent in
November primaries, who polls say has a broader appeal.

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