Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
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Senate Speaker dashes M5S's hopes of govt-less parliament

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Rome, April 5 - Italian Senate Speaker Pietro
Grasso on Friday appeared to dash the hopes of the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) of seeing parliament
close to fully operational before a new government is sworn in.
Grasso said it would not be possible to convene the
parliamentary commissions until a new executive has taken over
from outgoing Premier Mario Monti's emergency administration of
unelected technocrats.
The M5S holds the balance of power in parliament after
capturing a huge protest vote in February's inconclusive general
election.
But comedian-turned-politician Grillo had refused to make
deals for a government with any of the established parties he
says created a corrupt, malfunctioning system, which has led to
a situation of political gridlock.
Grillo has said Italy does not need to be in a rush to have
a new government, arguing parliament can pass key reforms, such
as a new election law to replace the much-criticised one that
failed to produce a winner, while Monti's administration
continues to take care of everyday government business.
Grasso, the national chief anti-Mafia prosecutor, does not
agree.
"It won't be possible to call the commissions unless it is
possible to distinguish between the (ruling) majority and the
opposition," said Grasso.
"This won't be possible until there is a government that
has the confidence of parliament".

photo: Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso

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