'Impossible' for Italy to move ahead without government

Grasso expects functioning parliament 'eventually'

'Impossible' for Italy to move ahead without government

Palermo, March 29 - Italian Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso said on Friday that it is "impossible" for the country to move ahead without a government. "I expect that eventually this country will have a government because without one it is impossible for parliament to function," he said after meeting with Sicily's Governor Rosario Crocetta in Palermo. On Thursday, comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo of the 5-Star Movement (M5S) said that parliament can still pass measures even if it can't agree on a new executive to replace outgoing Premier Mario Monti's emergency technocrat administration. "A government is not necessary for a new election law or to launch urgent measures for small and medium-sized companies or to scrap the (nation's) provincial governments," added Grillo. Grasso called for the urgent formation of a government on Thursday, the final day of center-left Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani's unsuccessful exploratory mandate to forge one. "This nation needs a government at all costs in order to restart", Grasso said.

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