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Grillo MP calls president 'executioner' of the opposition

M5S aiming to block 100 bn euros in central bank gold sale

28 January, 14:45
Grillo MP calls president 'executioner' of the opposition (ANSA) - Rome, January 28 - An MP from the 5-Star Movement (M5S) on Tuesday lashed out at Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, a favorite target of the anti-establishment party, calling him an "executioner", a serious insult in Italian, for not intervening in a controversial government decree. "The executioner Napolitano is endorsing a series of actions to sew the mouth shut of the opposition," said Giorgio Sorial, announcing a letter sent to the head of State.

Along with other opposition parties, the M5S, led by firebrand comedian Beppe Grillo, is working to filibuster a decree that aims to sell off 100 billion euros in central-bank gold reserves to help ease Italy's economic woes. The decree passed a House confidence vote Friday and must be voted on again by Wednesday in order to become definitive. House Speaker Laura Boldrini, of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), is ready to bring the bill to a vote, where it is likely to pass, before each MP has a chance to speak. In their letter to the president, the M5S says this violates the Constitution and accuses Boldrini of continuing to do so by taking direct orders from Premier Enrico Letta, also from the PD, and calls on Napolitano to intervene. The anti-establishment party has increasingly held Napolitano, the first president in history elected to a second term, responsible for the country's problems since the start of the euro crisis, vowing to impeach him. The PD, Italy's biggest party, expressed outrage at the insult to Napolitano.