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Grillo wins party meeting over electoral law

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Grillo wins party meeting over electoral law
Over the weekend Beppe Grillo threatened to withdraw from negotiations if a meeting date was not set within 24 hours. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP
11:56 CEST+02:00
Beppe Grillo has clinched a meeting today for his Five Star Movement (M5S) with the prime minister's Democratic Party (PD), to negotiate a new electoral law.

Politicians from the M5S are due to get round the table with their counterparts from the PD on Thursday afternoon, ten days after their previous meeting was cancelled.

Both sides blamed the other for the failure to meet last Monday, while over the weekend Grillo threatened to withdraw from negotiations if a new date was not set within 24 hours.

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It is however unlikely that either Grillo or Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will attend the meeting. “I don’t know if I will go,” Renzi was quoted in Tgcom24 as saying yesterday.

Grillo will be represented by politicians including Paola Carinelli, the M5S’s deputy leader in parliament, while the PD’s parliamentary leader Roberto Speranza is also due to attend.

The MPs are tasked with drawing up new election rules, after the law which governed the national vote is 2013 was in December ruled to be unconstitutional.

Thursday’s meeting is due to focus on how voters can show their preference of candidates on their ballot paper, Tgcom said. No final decision is expected however as the M5S usually puts key decisions to an online poll of members.

Before being named premier in February, Renzi met with Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi to get the opinion of the centre-right. The meeting was criticized by Grillo, although at the time the M5S leader was himself unwilling to discuss the legal revamp with the prime minister. 

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