Italy's Grillo says will only support 5-Star government

ROME Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:22am EDT

Five Star Movement leader and comedian Beppe Grillo leaves after casting his vote at the polling station in Genoa February 23, 2013. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

Five Star Movement leader and comedian Beppe Grillo leaves after casting his vote at the polling station in Genoa February 23, 2013.

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ROME (Reuters) - Populist leader Beppe Grillo said on Thursday his party would refuse to support a vote of confidence in any government not led by his 5-Star movement, dimming prospects for the formation of a new administration after deadlocked elections.

"Five-Star will not give a vote of confidence to a political or pseudo-technical government... 5-Star will instead vote for any laws that are a part of our program," the former comic wrote on his blog after the movement asked President Giorgio Napolitano to be allowed to form a government.

A majority vote of confidence in parliament is required for any government to form.

(Reporting by Naomi O'Leary; editing by Barry Moody)

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