Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Senator Gambaro expelled from M5S

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Rome, June 19 - Dissident 5-Star Movement
Senator Adele Gambaro has been expelled from the group after a
online vote held on leader Beppe Grillo's blog concluded on
Wednesday, with 65.8% against her.
Gambaro has been expelled after saying Grillo was a problem
for the movement.
On Monday the anti-establishment bloc's lawmakers held a
preliminary vote to oust Gambaro, who was elected in the
M5S's stunning victory at February general elections.
Since then, however, the party flopped at recent local
elections across Italy in which the center left swept all
provincial capitals up for grabs, including Rome.
Gambaro said Grillo, whose opposition to compromise with
other parties helped prolong a two-month stalemate in parliament
earlier this year, had become "a problem for the movement".
Grillo subsequently asked her to step down for "damaging
his image and the movement's".
After she refused, M5S MPs voted Monday to expel her from
the party, but the final word was given to the 48,292 party rank
and file on the online vote, which closed at 17:00 local
time.
While a minority, a number of M5S MPs have supported
Gambaro, either vocally or by voting to keep her in the movement
founded four years ago online by the comic-turned-politician
Grillo.
The vote may be a defining moment in a movement which had
prided itself on unity.
Some suspect a formal schism is imminent.
On Tuesday another M5S lawmaker, MP Paola Pinna, risked
being expelled after party colleagues denounced her for alleging
there was a "climate of thought-crime policing" in the movement.

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