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Grillo blasts Letta mandate

M5S leader says Italy's 'bones and offices' being shared out

Grillo blasts Letta mandate

Rome, April 24 - Beppe Grillo, the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M%S), on Wednesday blasted Italian President Giorgio Napolitano's decision to give a mandate to form a new government to Enrico Letta of the centre-left Democratic Party. "In Rome they are sharing out the bones and offices of the Second Republic," Grillo said, referring to the name given to Italy's party system after the collapse of the old establishment in the early 1990s following corruption probes. His comment suggested he thinks the other parties were about to undertake backroom deals to distribute top government positions between each other. "In the meantime the economy isn't waiting. Every minute a company closes. This autumn we may reach the point of no return," Grillo added in his blog, which started the Internet-based M5S in 2009. Grillo said his movement would present a series of urgent measures for business in parliament, including the payment of 120 billion euros due to firms from the public sector and the scrapping of the IRAP business tax.

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