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Two more MPs resign from Di Pietro's Italy of Values party

Former high-ranking official to announce new party Thursday

Two more MPs resign from Di Pietro's Italy of Values party

Rome, November 21 - Another two MPs defected Wednesday from the anti-graft Italy of Values (IdV) party, founded by one-time anti-corruption prosecutor Antonio Di Pietro. The two deputies, Giovanni Paladini, who also serves as the party's regional coordinator for Liguria, and Gaetano Porcino, an MP from Torino, told ANSA they were resigning from the party due to "disagreements over policy". With the departure of Paladini and Porcino, Idv has only 17 representatives left in Italy's lower house of parliament. On November 14 Paladini said that, despite rumors to the effect he was preparing to quit the party, he was not planning on leaving IdV. At the time he said press reports that he was leaving were "baseless". IdV has already lost some key members: on November 8 two high-ranking party members, defected after falling out with the party's embattled leader. Former House whip Massimo Donadi and Senator Nello Formisano left the party amid corruption accusations against Di Pietro, which became national news after investigative program Report explored allegations into the possible misuse of party funds to build a large property portfolio. Di Pietro, a former anti-corruption magistrate who founded his party after spearheading the famous Clean Hands investigations into political corruption in Italy in the early 1990s, denies any wrongdoing. In an attempt to distance himself from the party he founded and leads, Di Pietro said Wednesday that he would remove his name from the party logo. "I can't wait to be able to remove my name from the symbol because it means the party will be standing on its own two feet," he said. Di Pietro also announced the imminent start of a new constituent phase leading to a party congress. Meanwhile, Donadi said he was going to be presenting a new political party Thursday morning. According to rumors, a third IdV MP, a senator, is expected to announce his resignation from the party later Wednesday. Paladini and Porcino, according to statements by Paladini, are going to enter Donadi's new party.

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