Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

5-Star MPs vote to oust Senator, but online poll to decide

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Rome, June 18 - MPs of the 5-Star Movement (M5S)
have voted to expel a Senator for questioning their
anti-establishment leader Beppe Grillo but opted to give the
final word to party members through an online poll.
In a late meeting Monday, M5S parliamentarians voted 79 in
favor and 42 against kicking Senator Adele Gambaro out of the
party for questioning Grillo's leadership by calling him "a
problem for the party" after its poor showing in recent local
elections.
With an additional nine MPs abstaining, the vote was a sign
of widening divisions in the party over its hardline with
respect to compromising with other blocs in parliament.
Those who voted to defy Grillo, who called on Gambaro to
step down, are believed by many to be on the verge of defecting
to the center-left Democratic Party.
"Whatever the result (of the Gambaro affair), we gave
ourselves a nice kick in the teeth," said M5S Senator
Bulgarelli, who abstained from the vote.

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