Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Grillo slams 5-Star Movement's presidential candidate

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Rome, May 30 - Leader of the Italian
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) Beppe Grillo slammed
M5S's former presidential candidate on Thursday after the latter
criticized Grillo in a newspaper interview.
Grillo called the leftwing jurist and politician Stefano
Rodota' "an octogenarian miraculously cured by the Internet,
thawed fresh from the mausoleum where he was kept by his people
with whom we hope to reestablish the left".
Thursday marked Rodota's 80th birthday, and in an interview
published in the national newspaper Il Corriere della Sera,
Rodota' said that in local elections this month, "The two great
communicators lost: Grillo and Berlusconi," making reference to
the M5S leader and the leader of the centre-right.
Rodota' also said he "wasn't surprised" by disappointing
results for M5S for two reasons.
"The first is political. The conflicts, the difficulties and
the controversies in recent weeks. The second is that I had said
that (integration into parliament) for the 5-Star (Movement)
would not be painless," Rodota' told the newspaper.
The largely web-based M5S movement, which prides itself on
being led by grassroots activists and not professional
politicians, surprised expectations in February when it won a
quarter of the vote in Italy's general elections, gaining
political heft that nearly matched the roughly 30% won by the
centre-right and 31% won by the centre-left.
But Grillo's ironclad and sometimes vitriolic rejections of
repeated overtures made by the centre-left to form a majority
alliance led to two months of political stalemate and turmoil
during the presidential election in April, during which the M5S
insisted on supporting Rodota' against the wishes of the
centre-left.
The centre-left was then forced to join forces with the
centre-right. Together they reelected the 87-year-old
outgoing-president Giorgio Napolitano.
Napolitano then entrusted Enrico Letta, of the centre-left
Democratic Party (PD) to form a government based on a grand
right-left coalition, which has been in office since late April.
Grillo on Thursday went on to express "sincere amazement" to
see Rodota', his movement's presidential candidate, "in the
front row" among M5S critics, and said, with irony, "We wish him
a great career in reestablishing the left".

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