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Northern League MP expelled from House

PD are 'mafia accomplices', Buonanno says on 'empty out jails'

05 February, 13:04
Northern League MP expelled from House (ANSA) - Rome, February 5 - Northern League MP Gianluca Buonanno was expelled from the House Wednesday after accusing the ruling Democratic Party (PD) of being in league with the mafia because of a planned amnesty that would ease prison overcrowding by letting out thousands of non-serious offenders.

"(The PD are) accomplices of the mafia," read a placard waved by the member of the anti-immigrant and anti-euro party against the so-called 'empty out jails' decree.

On Tuesday Buonanno waved handcuffs against the PD, who rule with the centre-right New Centre Right. The League member recently blacked up to deliver an anti-immigrant rant to the House.

The populist regionalist party has a history of similar stunts.

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), ledd by firebrand comic-turned-politician Beppe Grillo, has lately taken a leaf out of the League's book.

It sparked a brawl in the House last week, blocking lawmakers' work, and aimed a string of sexist insults including rape threats at Speaker Laura Boldrini.