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Grillo says M5S rejects centre-left 'cattle market'

Comedian says his movement is 'not for sale'

Grillo says M5S rejects centre-left 'cattle market'

(see related stories) Rome, March 1 - Beppe Grillo, the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) that attracted millions of votes in Italy's general election, slammed overtures from the centre left to cooperate in forming an new government as the stuff of a "cattle market" on Friday. "There's a cattle market going on. The M5S has been continuously receiving offers, to (have a member) be speaker of the House, to head committees, even minister posts... but the M5S, its elected representatives, its activists and its voters are not for sale," said Grillo. "The Democratic Party (PD) has already identified M5S people for the various offices," said Grillo. "It is the usual whorish way of doing politics. To put it into practice though, there have to be people willing to sell themselves" Grillo added that PD head and centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani "is out of history and doesn't realize it - when the abyss of Monte dei Paschi di Siena is opened, perhaps not even the memory of the PD will remain". The Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) is Italy's third largest lender and the world's oldest bank. The troubled bank has long been associated with the Italian left, and is currently creaking under the weight of failed derivatives transactions resulting in losses over 720 million euros and alleged corruption which has involved some of the bank's top managers.

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