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Grillo says that alliance 'inadmissible' for stability

Current system has 'disintegrated' the country, say M5S leader

Grillo says that alliance 'inadmissible' for stability

Rome, March 4 - The leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), Beppe Grillo, said that forging alliances that go against his movement's platform would be "inadmissible" for him to ensure the stability of a future Italian government. "It would be like Napoleon making a deal with Wellington," he told the New York Times in an interview published Sunday. Italy's February 24-25 election produced a hung parliament with the Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani's alliance having a big majority despite a slim win over ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party (PdL) in the House but no party gaining the upper hand in the Senate after a huge protest vote for anti-euro and anti-austerity leader Grillo. Bersani, said on Friday that he would propose a new government united by a specific political programme consisting of seven or eight items. The PD has ruled out the prospect of forming a grand coalition with Berlusconi's party and it is trying to reach out to Grillo, even though the rabble-rouser has said he will not vote for confidence in a government led by Bersani or Berlusconi. In the NY Times interview, he said his goal was to do away with a system that had "disintegrated the country" and build "something new" to restore Italy to a true participatory democracy. "We can change everything in the hands of respectable people, but the existing political class must be expelled immediately," he said.

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