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5-Star Movement denies opening up to technocrat govt

Crimi said never spoke of backing admin of unelected experts

5-Star Movement denies opening up to technocrat govt

(see related story) Rome, March 5 - Italy's 5-Star Movement (M5S) on Tuesday denied having opened up to the prospect of supporting a government of unelected technocrats to help the country emerge from its political deadlock. Ex-comedian Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment movement holds the balance of power in parliament after registering a huge protest vote in last week's general election, which produced no clear winner. The M5S is hostile to the established parties and has said it will not back a government led by centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani or ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right alliance. Vito Crimi, who was named M5S's leader in the Senate on Monday, seemed to suggest a technocrat government could be a solution when he responded "we'll see, first they have to form it," when asked about this possibility. But he seemed to close the door on this option less than a day after. "I point out that I never spoke about supporting a technocrat government," Crimi said on his Facebook page. "The only solution that we propose is a 5-Star Movement government that immediately implements without hesitation the first 20 points on our programme and then all the rest," he said, adding that he would not speak to the media on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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