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Rome, Italy, June 4, 2009. The Italian comedian Beppe Grillo, leader of the new Five Star Movement, has promised that his fledgling party is heading for parliament after his candidates rode a wave of protest against austerity politics and Italy's traditional parties in local elections..His party took 14% of the vote in Genoa, 9% in Verona and 19% in Parma, where it forced the mainstream Democratic party into a runoff..In all those towns, Grillo's mayoral candidates trounced Silvio Berlusconi's Freedom People party, which was subjected to humiliating defeats in its first electoral contest since the former prime minister stepped down to make way in November for Monti's technocrat government, which did not stand in the elections..Italian showman Beppe Grillo gestures as he addresses supporters during a party meeting for election campaign in Frascati, Rome.
Rome, Italy, June 4, 2009. The Italian comedian Beppe Grillo, leader of the new Five Star Movement, has promised that his fledgling party is heading for parliament after his candidates rode a wave of protest against austerity politics and Italy's traditional parties in local elections..His party took 14% of the vote in Genoa, 9% in Verona and 19% in Parma, where it forced the mainstream Democratic party into a runoff..In all those towns, Grillo's mayoral candidates trounced Silvio...
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