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M5S select Gabanelli as presidential candidate

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(By Paul Virgo) (see related stories on Grillo)
Rome, April 16 - The anti-establishment 5-Star
Movement said Tuesday that it wants TV presenter and
investigative reporter Milena Gabanelli to be its candidate to
be Italy's next president after an online vote by members.
"When people think you are up to such a big job, then you
can only be honoured because it is highly gratifying,"
Gabanelli, whose Report show on state broadcaster Rai highlights
cases of alleged corruption and waste of public money, told
ANSA.
"Now I can only say that I'm extremely moved and also
overrated," she added, without indicating whether she would
accept being the M5S's presidential candidate.
Gabanelli came top of an online vote that was staged on
Monday and that just under 50,000 M5S members registered before
the end of 2012 were eligible to take part in.
She prevailed over eight other candidates, including former
centre-left premier Romano Prodi, former European commissioner
Emma Bonino and Nobel Literature Laureate Dario Fo, who had made
it onto a shortlist in a separate vote last week.
War-zone doctor Gino Strada, the founder of the Emergency
medical aid NGO, came second in Monday's vote, and institutional
lawyer Stefano Rodota' was third.
"Gabanelli is extraordinary," said M5S leader Beppe Grillo,
who also made the shortlist but withdrew his name from it.
"I would never have imagined a result like this. It's an
extraordinary message - a journalist, a person who fights
against the powers that be".
Grillo added that if Gabanelli declined to be the M5S's
candidate in this week's vote, the movement would keep moving
down the list until someone accepted.
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
Thursday.
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-politician 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.
A two-thirds majority is needed in the first three ballots
to elect a new president, after which a simple majority is
enough.
"We'll have to wait and see who the other parties choose,"
said Grillo, whose popular blog gave life to the Internet-based
M5S in 2009.
"I don't know what could happen if we reach the fourth
ballot. We'll see some interesting stuff over the next three
four days.
"In any case, the Web has decided and shown that it has its
ethics".
Experts say Rodota' could be a candidate that Bersani's
centre-left PD would be willing to back.
Here is the list of candidates in the order they came in
the vote: Gabanelli, Strada, Rodota', institutional lawyer
Gustavo Zagrebelsky, Supreme Court Chief Justice Ferdinando
Imposimato, Bonino, former Palermo prosecutor Gian Carlo
Caselli, Prodi, Fo.

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