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Italy's 5-Star Movement not ruling out technocrat government

'They have to form it first,' says M5S leader in Senate

Italy's 5-Star Movement not ruling out technocrat government

(see related stories) Rome, March 4 - Italy's 5-Star Movement (M5S) on Monday reiterated that it would not back a government led by Pier Luigi Bersani's centre left or ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition. But it left the door open to a government of unelected technocrats. Bersani's alliance came first in last week's election but it does not have a working majority in the Senate and some have suggested a technocrat administration could be a way out of the political deadlock. "We'll see, first they have to form it," said Vito Crimi, who was named M5S's leader in the Senate on Monday, when asked about the prospect of a technocrat administration. "We are not the coalition that won. It's up to the winners and President (Giorgio) Napolitano to decide. "A solution would be a 5-Star government (backed by the other parties). "We reiterate what we said in the election campaign and years before - the M5S will not vote confidence in a government formed by the (established) parties". The movement, led by ex comedian Beppe Grillo, was staunchly opposed to outgoing Premier Mario Monti's emergency technocrat government, which took power in November 2011. Crimi said M5S would stick to its pledges to refuse public money and to ensure that its lawmakers only take the part of their salaries that is in line with the average income of Italian people, saying that the movement would "find a way to give the rest back to the public". Meanwhile, Roberta Lombardi, who was elected the movement's leader in the House, hit back at those who have said the movement's intransigence threatened Italy's future. "What is dangerous is what has happened over the last 20 years in Italy, not us," Lombardi said.

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