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ROME

M5S paid back over 23 mn in salaries - Di Maio (3)

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Rome, February 14 - 5-Star Movement (M5S) premier
candidate Luigi Di Maio said Wednesday that elected officials
for the anti-establishment group have paid over 23 million euros
into a government fund for microcredit to businesses.
He was commenting amid a furore over allegations some M5S
lawmakers had cheated over pledges to pay back part of their
salaries.
Di Maio has admitted that a handful of M5S lawmakers had not
respected the internal M5S regulations on salary repayments, but
stressed they are a small minority and has vowed to get rid of
the "bad apples".
"There are 23.468 million euros in the fund, today you can
all see it," Di Maio said on his way out of the economy
ministry, where he has asked for a statement on the M5S back
payments.
"We'll flaunt this figure everywhere over the next few days.
"This case will be a boomerang for the parties who have
stolen from the citizens for years.
"There will be several Restitution Days during the election
campaign".
Di Maio admitted that it had been mistake to trust all the
lawmakers for the anti-establishment group to respect a pledge
to pay back part of their salaries.
But he said he would remedy the situation and promised that a
list of pledge-cheats would be shown "today".
"I was wrong to trust the human being," Di Maio said.
"But there is time to fix things. These people have been
kicked out".
The back-payment-pledge furore is embarrassing for the M5S,
which prides itself on its "honesty".

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