Beppe Grillo rejects coalition deal with Italy's center-left

  • Italian comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo ruled out a coalition with the center-left on Monday.

    Grillo’s Five-Star Movement (M5S) defied expectations to come third in last weekend's elections with nearly a quarter of the votes.

    Pier Luigi Bersani's Democratic Party (PD) marginally won the Chamber of Deputies (lower hourse) but failed to secure a majority in the Senate.

    Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) center-right coalition is the second biggest bloc in the upper house meaning Grillo’s seats in both houses are crucial towards making any coalition government viable.

    Speaking to the BBC, Grillo said he would not support any new government and that he expected fresh elections to be held within a year.

    "Today in Italy, what will happen is what happened before. The right and the left will get together and will govern a country of rubble that they are responsible for…It will last a year. One. Maximum. Then there will be elections again. And once again, in the elections, the Five-Star movement will change the world," he said.

    Grillo added he expected Bersani to strike a deal with Berlusconi.

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