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Grillo backs Conte, says M5S staying in govt

Founder meets movement's lawmakers after Di Maio split

(ANSA) - ROME, JUN 28 - 5-Star Movement (M5S) founder Beppe Grillo gave M5S leader Giuseppe Conte a vote of confidence on Tuesday and said the movement would continue to support Premier Mario Draghi's government after Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio quit the M5S to form a breakaway group.
    "Calm down when it comes to Conte," comedian-turned-politician Grillo said when asked about the ex-premier as he arrived at the Lower House for a meeting with M5S lawmakers following Di Maio's exit and a poor showing in a recent round of local elections.
    "We get on perfectly".
    When asked whether the M5S would remain in the ruling coalition, Grillo replied: "certainly".
    Di Maio quit the M5S after a row with Conte over the government's policy of giving military aid to Ukraine following the Russian invasion. (ANSA).


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