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Lawmaker apologises for slapping M5S colleague

House officer Dambruoso claims he 'did his job'

30 January, 14:29
Lawmaker apologises for slapping M5S colleague (ANSA) - Rome, January 30 - A lawmaker of the centrist Civic Choice on Thursday apologised for allegedly slapping a female colleague of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) during a protest in the House the day before.

Stefano Dambruoso, an officer called a quaestor responsible for keeping order in the lower chamber of parliament, said however his allegedly unintentional gesture had been aimed at preventing Loredana Lupo and her M5S colleagues from attacking the House Speaker Laura Boldrini.

Members of the movement led by commedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo made for 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 is opposed to the measure on grounds it only benefits the nation's banks.

Dambruoso on Thursday refused to resign over the incident, claiming he had simply "done his duty".

Bills have been pushed through parliament by decree on countless occasions while Speakers have limited debate to time limits.

But Speakers have only threatened to apply the guillotine in the past, on three occasions.