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Napolitano 'worried' about chaos in parliament

5-Star Movement, Northern League walk out of vote on reform bill

31 January, 13:00
Napolitano 'worried' about chaos in parliament (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, January 31 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday said he was "worried" about the turmoil in parliament, where two parties in the opposition walked out Friday. The House was voting on a new election law opposed by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) led by firebrand comedian Beppe Grillo. The M5S accuses the bill's architects from the center-left Democratic Party (PD) and the center-right Forza Italia (FI) of trying to squeeze it out of parliament. Differences over this bill and other measures were the source of pushing and shoving on several occasions this week on the floor of the House. On Friday the opposition Northern League said it was boycotting sessions because one of its MPs was prevented from voting during the chaos. The M5S walked out as well in protest of the election reform bill. The anti-government, Internet-based movement has also requested to launch impeachment procedures against the head of State for allegedly failing in his role as independent arbiter of the political process in Italy and favoring the established parties. "I'm not worried about my own personal situation," said Napolitano Friday. "I'm worried about parliament".

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