Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

M5S might back government led by 'pseudo-technocrat'


Rome, March 29 - The 5-Star Movement (M5S) of
comedian Beppe Grillo on Friday suggested it might support a
government led by a 'pseudo-technocrat' ahead of fresh
consultations with President Giorgio Napolitano later in the
The possible change of stance comes after the
anti-establishment movement refused to back a government led by
Pier Luigi Bersani, who has been struggling to garner political
support after his centre-left coalition won a majority in the
House but failed to clinch the equally powerful Senate in
general elections at the end of February
On that occasion M5S took over 25% of the vote, almost as
much as Bersani's Democratic Party, and effectively holds the
balance of power in a hung parliament.
This morning Grillo reportedly spoke to Napolitano as part
of efforts to find a way out of the present stalemate.
Italy currently has a caretaker government of technocrats
led by Mario Monti, who was appointed to replace Silvio
Berlusconi at the height of the sovereign debt crisis in the
eurozone in November 2011.
Since then harsh austerity measures, rising unemployment
and a stagnant economy have done little to win over the majority
of Italians, as demonstrated by Monti's own lacklustre
performance on a centrist reform platform in the general
elections and the ascent of Grillo's M5S.

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