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Italy's Five-Star Movement calls for president to be censured


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Italy's Five-Star Movement calls for president to be censured

Confusion in Italian politics is nothing new but there was an unprecedented scene of choas on Wednesday night when the parliamentary speaker angrily called for a vote after getting fed-up with a long debate.

The motion concerned the revalorisation of the capital of the Bank of Italy – a move that would allow it to rescue troubled institutions.

But Italy’s opposition Five-Star Movement led the protest against the what it deemed an effort to quash parliamentary procedure.

On Thursday, the Five Star Movement filed a motion to impeach Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano, accusing him of abuse of power.

The censure vote has no chance of succeeding as the Five Star Movement is a minority force in parliament but such actions maintain its efforts to be a thorn in the side of the established political powers.

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