Italy's Five-Star Movement calls for president to be censured

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Confusion in Italian politics is nothing new but there was an unprecedented scene of choas on Wednesday night when the parliamentary speaker angrily called for a vote after getting fed-up with a long debate.

The motion concerned the revalorisation of the capital of the Bank of Italy – a move that would allow it to rescue troubled institutions.

But Italy’s opposition Five-Star Movement led the protest against the what it deemed an effort to quash parliamentary procedure.

On Thursday, the Five Star Movement filed a motion to impeach Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano, accusing him of abuse of power.

The censure vote has no chance of succeeding as the Five Star Movement is a minority force in parliament but such actions maintain its efforts to be a thorn in the side of the established political powers.