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League boycots House sessions, calls for Boldrini's ouster

'Either she goes or there will be chaos'

31 January, 11:22
League boycots House sessions, calls for Boldrini's ouster (ANSA) - Rome, January 31 - The opposition Northern League party was boycotting House sessions and calling for the Speaker to resign Friday over chaos Thursday that prevented one of its MPs from voting. "Christian Invernizzi was blocked from voting in committee.

There is no greater violence than to prevent an MP from voting," said Giancarlo Giorgetti of the League, which walked out of the House in protest. The floor of the House was the scene of pushing and shoving on several occasions this week as the opposition vehemently opposed several decress and bills. The League, along with the larger anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and other opposition parties, staged a filibuster that was ultimately broken Wednesday by House Speaker Laura Boldrini, the first Speaker in history to use the so-called "guillotine" powers to push through a vote before it timed out. On Friday the head of the League repeated oft-made demands from the opposition that Boldrini step down. "Boldrini is inadequate. Either she steps down or there will be chaos," said Matteo Salvini.