5-Star Movement makes communication 'blunders'
MP under fire for failing to identify ECB governor19 March, 19:34
Vendola also denied that this second call had ever taken place. On Monday House representative Gessica Rostellato came under fire for failing to answer questions put to her by a reporter from the satirical television show Le Iene. She suffered ridicule for failing to correctly identify Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Bank and former governor of the Bank of Italy - a 'slip' for which she later apologised on Facebook. She was also forced to apologise for a separate incident involving the refusal to shake hands with Democratic Party (PD) President, Rosy Bindi, in parliament. M5S co-founder and political guru Gianroberto Casaleggio has deployed two of his chief bloggers to Rome to oversee communications among the movement's 162 elected representatives.
The party holds the balance of power in parliament after February general elections gave Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left coalition a clear majority in the lower chamber but not enough support to win the confidence of the equally powerful Senate. Since then Bersani has been trying to woo Grillo with little success, although after successfully imposing his candidate for the speakership of the Senate thanks to support from some M5S representatives cracks have begun to appear within the party.