M5S start voting on whether to back Draghi govt

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(ANSA) – ROME, FEB 11 – The members of the 5-Star Movement
(M5S) are taking part in an online vote on Thursday on whether
to back a government led by Premier-designate Mario Draghi.
    M5S founder Beppe Grillo had held up the vote on whether to
support the new government after talks earlier this week but the
anti-establishment group decided to go with poll after the
former head of the European Central Bank agreed to have a Green ‘Super-Minister’ in charge of orchestrating the ecological
transformation of the economy in his new cabinet.
    The M5S, the biggest group in parliament, is by its nature
hostile to the idea of a government led by a non-politician
technocrat and the issue has generated big differences within
the movement.
    Indeed, some have complained that the question the M5S members
are responding to on the Rousseau platform is framed to make it
difficult to vote no.
    President Sergio Mattarella gave Draghi a mandate to form a
government last week after outgoing Premier Giuseppe Conte’s
executive collapsed.
    Mattarella called on all the parties in parliament to get behind
a government led by a non-political figure to avoid having to
have snap elections in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, with
Italy holding the presidency of the G20 this year and
co-chairing the COP-26 UN Climate Summit with the UK.
    Italy must also finalize its plan on how to use over 200 billion
euros in grants and low-interest loans it is set to get from the
EU’s COVID.19 Recovery Fund.
    The only party to have given Draghi a flat-out No is the
right-wing Brothers of Italy (FdI) group.
    Lower House Speaker and M5S bigwig Roberto Fico said Thursday
that he was voting in favour of the movement backing a
government led by Draghi.
    “At the moment the movement is consulting its members to decide
whether to take part in a government led by Mario Draghi centred
on overcoming the current emergency, the (COVID-19) Recovery
Plan and the ecological transition,” Fico said via Facebook “The delicate moment the country is going through means we must
reflect seriously and assume our responsibilities.
    “As the President explained extremely clearly, it is unthinkable
to have the country go to the ballot box at the moment”. (ANSA).


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