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Grillo hails Marini non-election in 1st ballot

Shows political changes in Italy, says M5S leader

Grillo hails Marini non-election in 1st ballot

(see related stories on presidential ballot). Rome, April 18 - Franco Marini's failure to become Italian president in the first ballot in Thursday's presidential election shows Italians are saying no to backroom political deals, says ani-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Beppe Grillo. "Italy does not want backroom deals," Grillo wrote Thursday on his blog after the results of the first vote came in. "The war is over". Grillo had publicly blasted the two biggest parties in parliament, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and the centre-right People of Freedom (PdL), after both said they would vote for Marini. He accused them of making private political deals that would "decide the destiny of 60 million Italians". The M5S chose its presidential candidate, former Communist party MP and privacy authority chief Stefano Rodota', after an online vote of its members. On his blog, Grillo blasted PD leader Pier Luigi Bersani, who he has called "a dead man talking", for cooperating with the PdL and its leader Silvio Berlusconi, who Grillo calls a "psycho-dwarf". "No one has explained to Bersani that Italy has changed, it does not want more backroom deals with the psycho-dwarf," wrote Grillo. "The war is over, give up", he added. "Deliver us forever from your presence, we are exhausted".

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