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Grillo vows to back Rodota' through fourth ballot

M5S candidate exposing fractures in center left

Grillo vows to back Rodota' through fourth ballot

Trieste, April 18 - The 5-Star Movement (M5S) will vote for its candidate Stefano Rodota' all the way through the fourth ballot, the anti-establishment party leader Beppe Grillo said Thursday. Rodota', an 82-year-old constitutional lawyer, former head of Italy's privacy authority and former Communist and centre-left MP, came in third in an M5S online ballot earlier this week and received the party nomination after the first- and second-place winners declined. In the first parliamentary ballot Thursday, Rodota' came in second to Ex-Senate Speaker Franco Marini, 80, who was backed by the center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi and by much of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), though not enough to win outright with a two-thirds majority, or 672 out of 1,007 votes. Many members of the center left backed Rodota', exposing an embarrassing rift within the PD. If no candidate wins a two-thirds majority after three ballots, whoever arrives at a simple majority of 504 votes wins.

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