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Grillo says won't make deals with other Italian parties

Five Star Movement rocks political establishment

25 February, 22:24
Grillo says won't make deals with other Italian parties (ANSA) - Rome, February 25 - Comedian Beppe Grillo said his Five Star Movement would not make deals with the other parties after it rocked the political establishment, with projections saying it won around one in four of the votes casts in Italy's general election.

"I'm not thinking of doing any big or little shady deals," the comedian said via the web TV channel of the movement, which snubs traditional media outlets. "We'll be an extraordinary force... there'll be 110 of us (in parliament) and millions outside".

Grillo has tapped into the public's disenchantment at a series of scandals to hit the established parties and the political class's inability to address the country's economic ills.

He has promised that none of his lawmakers will be tainted by involvement in criminal scandals and warned the other parties that his representatives will be keeping close tabs on them.

"Wait for us in parliament. It's be a pleasure to watch you," he said.

He added that he expects the centre-left Democratic Party and ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party to form a broad government alliance to overcome the stalemate the vote looks set to produce "They'll be able to go forward for six or seven months," Grillo said.