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Grillo says Italy needs functioning parliament not wise men

M5S leader describes Napolitano's experts as 'democracy carers'

Grillo says Italy needs functioning parliament not wise men

Rome, March 31 - 5-Star Movement (M5S) Beppe Grillo on Sunday blasted the group of experts President Giorgio Napolitano has tasked with finding a way out of Italy's political deadlock as "unreal negotiators" and "carers of democracy". Grillo, whose anti-establishment movement holds the balance of power in parliament after capturing a huge protest vote in February's inconclusive general election, also reiterated his position that Italy did not need to be in a rush to have a new government. The comedian-turned-politician says parliament can pass key reforms, such as a new election law to replace the much-criticised one that failed to produce a winner last month, while outgoing Premier Mario Monti's technocrat administration continues to take care of everyday government business. "The country does not need unreal negotiators or facilitators... who work as groups of wise men," Grillo said via his popular blog, which gave life to the Internet-based M5S in 2009. "It does not need 'carers of democracy', but it does need to make parliament work better and quick". Grillo said that in order to do this, the newly elected parliament needed to focus on setting up its new committees.

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