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Grillo to let M5S vote on Renzi consultations

'It's a farce, but the members should decide'

18 February, 17:25
Grillo to let M5S vote on Renzi consultations (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, February 18 - The 5-Star Movement (M5S) of comedian Beppe Grillo said Tuesday it will let members vote online on whether the anti-establishment party should meet with Premier-Designate Matteo Renzi in government-formation consultations. "We believe it is not opportune to participate in this farce. But it seems proper that our members decide for themselves through the network," said Grillo and M5S co-founder Gianroberto Casaleggio in a statement announcing an online poll.

The M5S has been among the most outspoken groups opposed to a government led by PD chief Renzi, who orchestrated an intraparty coup last weak to unseat outgoing Premier Enrico Letta. If Renzi succeeds in forging a governing majority, he will become Italy's third-consecutive un-elected premier, a fact that particularly rankles the populist M5S, which won huge numbers of votes in general elections last February. Members of the Internet-based movement, the second-largest single party in parliament, will be able to vote on whether to consult with Renzi as of 15:30 Italian time.