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5-Star Movement leader Grillo meets president

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Rome, July 10 - The founder and leader of the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) Beppe Grillo on
Wednesday morning arrived at the Quirinale presidential palace
for talks with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.
He had requested a meeting in a blog post last week to
discuss the country's economic and political crisis.
M5S co-founder Gianroberto Casaleggio and the movement's
Lower House and Senate whips, Nicola Morra and Riccardo Nuti,
are also attending the meeting.
In a post on his popular blog which gave life to the M5S in
2009, Grillo said on July 2 that "the country's agony cannot
last".
The comedian-turned-politician said Italy was "heading
towards an economic catastrophe and no one in the government, in
the (other) parties, in the public institutions has the courage
to denounce this, to do something".
"Napolitano should go on television, at prime time in the
evening, and speak to the nation," Grillo also wrote.
He said the president should force parliament to scrap a
much-criticised electoral law which contributed to an
inconclusive outcome of national elections in February and then
dissolve parliament.
Grillo's movement claimed around a quarter of the vote in
February's national elections, tapping into public
disenchantment with the political class.
However it performed badly at a recent round of local
elections, which was partly blamed on Grillo's refusal to
negotiate with other parties after the national vote.
The party has been in turmoil ever since over the amount of
internal dissent allowed after a number of M5S lawmakers
abandoned the movement.

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