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M5S accuses Napolitano of attacking Constitution

Head of State 'failed reject unconstitutional laws'

30 January, 11:11
M5S accuses Napolitano of attacking Constitution (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, January 30 - The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) accused President Giorgio Napolitano of "attacking the Constitution" in its petition to parliament for the head of State to be impeached Thursday. The M5S said Napolitano had breached the Constitution by failing to send back unconstitutional laws to parliament and abusing his power of pardon, among other things.

The movement, led by commedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo, also accused Napolitano of interfering in a Palermo trial into alleged negotiations between the State and the Mafia two decades ago. Premier Enrico Letta's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), the biggest group in parliament, blasted the impeachment drive.

"The M5S request to impeach the head of State is an atrocious act aimed only a taking out the fundamental element of our democratic system," said Roberto Speranza, the PD's Lower House whip.