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Politicians suspended after violent dispute in House

Civic Choice, M5S members sanctioned for fighting

27 February, 18:21
Politicians suspended after violent dispute in House (ANSA) - Rome, February 27 - A group of politicians, including members of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the centrist Civic Choice, were handed suspensions from the Lower House on Thursday for brawling in late January inside the chamber.

Stefano Dambruoso of the Civic Choice was suspended for 15 days, though he had previously apologised for allegedly slapping a female colleague of the M5S during the dispute that broke out when M5S members appeared bent on attacking former House Speaker Laura Boldrini.

Dambruoso, an officer called a quaestor responsible for keeping order in the lower chamber of parliament, said his gesture had been unintentional and aimed only at preventing Loredana Lupo and her M5S colleagues from advancing on Boldrini.

As well on Thursday, eight members of the M5S were suspended for eight days for their role in the dust-up that spread over January 28 and 29.

Another 23 M5S members were handed 10-day suspensions over the events while M5S politician Silvia Benedetti was suspended for 12 days after she bit a rival politician.

Members of the M5S movement led by comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo charged Boldrini after the latter used the Speaker's guillotine powers for the first time in history to interrupt a filibuster they were was staging so a decree providing for the revaluation of the share capital of the Bank of Italy could pass before it was timed it out.

MS5 members were opposed to the measure on grounds it only benefits the nation's banks.