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M5S reps gather to discuss anti-alliance policy

MPs meet Grillo at 'secret' Fiumicino location

M5S reps gather to discuss anti-alliance policy

Rome, April 5 - MPs representing the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) of Genoa comic Beppe Grillo were on Friday holed up in a villa near Fiumicino south of Rome for a meeting with their firebrand leader to discuss the party's pledge of non-alliance and other policies. Initially the location had reportedly been kept secret even from participants themselves to deter media coverage of the potentially heated debate. M5S took over 25% of the vote in recent general elections and now effectively holds the balance of power in a hung parliament. Grillo has maintained a policy of non-alliance with other political formations - particularly the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) of Pier Luigi Bersani, which got a tidy majority in the lower chamber of parliament thanks to a winner's bonus but failed to clinch a working majority in the equally powerful Senate. But there has been growing criticism from grass-roots M5S supporters over a stance that has helped prevent the formation of a new government.

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