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Grillo tells president fix Italy or call another election

Italy's economic, social, political life in crisis, he says

Grillo tells president fix Italy or call another election

Rome, July 10 - Italy is in such a crisis that if President Giorgio Napolitano cannot persuade the government to fix things quickly, he should call another general election, Beppe Grillo said Wednesday. Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), spoke after a 90-minute meeting with Napolitano in the president's office. "I thanked Napolitano for his...concern and I expressed my concern for the state of the economic, social and political life of the country," Grillo said during a press conference in the Senate, after the meeting at the Quirinale. Italy is headed for catastrophe, he added. "I told the president that he has taken a...huge responsibility, and I asked him to go to the polls if necessary". The last Italian general election in February ended indecisively. Eventually, Napolitano appointed Enrico Letta of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) as premier at the head of a fragile left-right coalition. Wednesday, that coalition faced another crisis as the PD's partner - ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party - threatened action against the judiciary after the supreme court tabled his final appeal in a potentially career-ending tax-fraud case for July 30. Meanwhile, Grillo also said the government should do more for seniors and other Italian citizens while cutting spending on military programs including the F-35 jet fighter program.

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