Renzi says M5S make mess whenever they govern (3)

Premier comments on Quarto case

(ANSA) - Rome, January 22 - Premier Matteo Renzi said Friday that the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) causes chaos whenever it comes to power. The leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) was speaking in the wake of a furore over the administration of the town of Quarto, near Naples, which was allegedly infiltrated by the Campania mafia, the Camorra.
    "I'd like to give the M5S members a big hug," Renzi told RTL radio.
    "Every time they govern somewhere, it's a mess". Rosa Capuozzo announced Thursday that she was resigning as mayor Quarto. Capuozzo was elected on a M5S list but was subsequently ejected from the anti-establishment group after initially refusing to step down following allegations of mafia infiltration of her executive. "I think Capuozzo had a duty to govern because she won the elections," Renzi said. The case was an embarrassment to the M5S, which prides itself on not being tainted by the corruption scandals that have frequently hit Italy's established parties.
    Capuozzo said she had told M5S bigwigs in November about threats she allegedly received from fellow councillor Giovanni De Robbio, who is allegedly linked to the Camorra. The M5S has denied this, saying it was only informed in December and expelled De Robbio days after.


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