Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018
PORDENONE

Grillo says some M5S defections 'physiological'

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Pordenone, April 16 - Comic-turned-politician Beppe
Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S),
admitted Tuesday that some of his party's elected
representatives would defect during the present parliament.
"It's physiological, we have 162 seats (across the two
chambers) and some will leave," Grillo told supporters at a
rally in the northeastern Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.
"But we will move forward and continue to maintain our
position with the Democratic Party (PD), the People of Freedom
(PdL), with whoever shares our programme," he concluded.
No party or coalition won an outright majority in the
Senate in general elections at the end of February, leading to a
state of political deadlock that looks far from being resolved.
The situation is compounded by Grillo's pledge of
non-alliance after his party took around 25% in what was widely
seen as a protest vote and now effectively holds the balance of
power in a hung parliament.
On Tuesday Grillo also alleged attempts to 'buy' his
party's representatives in the upper house of parliament.
"They have tried to buy our Senators but they have not
succeeded," he said without naming the party or people allegedly
behind the attempt.
In mid-March M5S Senator Francesco Campanella claimed he
had been invited to join the Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) party of
Puglia regional governor Nichi Vendola, a centre-left ally.
Vendola hotly denied the claims and threatened to press
defamation charges unless Campanella apologised.
It later emerged that the call had been a hoax.

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