Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Italian politics

Instability is commonplace in Italian politics. Predictably the recent election did not throw up any party with working majority.

Beppe Grillo, a comedian, however caused a surprise emerging as a popular leader who garnered 26% of total votes for the party that he leads, namely Five Star Movement referred to as M5S. What is even more surprising is that he himself could not contest in the elections as his own party does not allow candidates with criminal record.

Grillo is fond of walking barefoot. Occasionally he wears a T-shirt that proclaims Mahatma Gandhi's words "Be the change you wish to see in the world". Signs of hope?

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