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Grillo pulls out of M5S's online presidential primary


Rome, April 15 - Beppe Grillo on Monday pulled his
name from his 5-Star Movement's (M5S) shortlist for an online
vote to be its Italian presidential candidate.
Former centre-left premier Romano Prodi, former European
commissioner Emma Bonino and Nobel Literature Laureate Dario Fo,
who has already said he does not want to be head of state, are
among the nine names left on the list.
The shortlist was the result of a poll last week that just
under 50,000 M5S members registered before the end of 2012 were
eligible to vote in.
They will vote again on Monday to choose between the people
on the shortlist and the anti-establishment movement's
presidential candidate will be announced Tuesday.
The members of the two Houses of Italy's parliament and
representatives of the nation's regional governments will start
voting to select a successor to President Giorgio Napolitano on
Napolitano's seven-year term ends in the middle of May.
Grillo's movement holds the balance of power in parliament
after February's inconclusive election and it has refused to
enable the established parties to create a new government,
saying they have created a corrupt, malfunctioning system.
The comedian-turned-political has accused centre-left
leader Pier Luigi Bersani and centre-right leader Silvio
Berlusconi of wanting to do "shady deals" after they met last
week to discuss the new president.
However, Bersani and three-time premier Berlusconi do not
appear to be close to agreeing on a consensus candidate to be
the next head of state.

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