Fiumicino, April 5 - Firebrand leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) Beppe Grillo on Friday said it was "legitimate" that some members should disagree with official party policy during a meeting with MPs outside Rome. The gathering at an initially secret location was called partly to reiterate the position concerning non-alliance with other parties, championed by top party brass in the wake of inconclusive general elections in February. That position has recently been called into question by some grass-roots M5S supporters and MPs in light of the resulting failure to form a new government. "The others are splitting up, not us," said Grillo in reference to reports of divisions within M5S. "I don't expect a total convergence of ideas within the movement, it is legitimate that some people should see things differently," he added. The comic-turned-politician reminded MPs that they should not trust political parties as they had not managed to change Italy's electoral law when they had the chance. Introduced by the 2001-2006 Berlusconi government, the law, dubbed 'pig's dinner', is considered one of the main reasons why the February elections delivered such an inconclusive result.
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