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5-Star Movement threatens to 'occupy Italian parliament'


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Rome, April 9 - The anti-establishment 5-Star
Movement has threatened to occupy the floor of the House later
on Tuesday to protest against the failure to launch the Italian
parliament's commissions after February's inconclusive general
The M5S holds the balance of power in parliament after
capturing a huge protest vote in February but has refused to
make any deals with the established parties on forming a new
government, which has led to political deadlock.
M5S leader Beppe 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.
In the meantime outgoing Premier Mario Monti's emergency
technocrat administration can continue to take care of everyday
government business, according to comedian-turned-politician
But Grillo's hopes of seeing parliament operating at close
to full capacity even without a new government have not come to
fruition because the new commissions that are vital for passing
laws have not been set up.
Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso on Friday said it would not be
possible to convene the parliamentary commissions until a new
executive has taken over because, until then, it is not
"possible to distinguish between the (ruling) majority and the
The M5S is not convinced and the movement's MPs have said
they will stay in the House after Tuesday's debates until one
minute past midnight local time.
"We want a fresh beginning with the rules as the staring
point," said M5S House whip Roberta Lombardi.
"We will read out the Constitution in the House"
Even though the M5S has contributed to the impasse,
Lombardi said the movement was not in favour of returning to the
polls in June to break the deadlock, because of the cost of
holding another vote so soon after the last one.

photo: M5S House whip Roberta Lombardi.

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