Political newcomers in Italy

(Senato della Repubblica) - Maurizio Buccarella

(Senato della Repubblica) - Maurizio Buccarella

Members of freshman class

The grass-roots Five Star Movement has 163 newcomers in the Italian Parliament. Here are some of them:

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Maurizio Buccarella

Senator

Age: 48

Profession: Lawyer

Home town: Lecce, in the southern Italian region of Puglia

Background He followed the Five Star Movement’s founder, TV comedian Beppe Grillo, for years during his early career as an entertainer in the 1970s and ’80s. In the 2000s, Buccarella became impressed by Grillo’s anti-corruption crusade targeting the traditional political classes of Italy. He officially joined the Five Star Movement six years ago because “I knew it was the only hope for our country.”

Vilma Moronese

Senator

Age: 42

Profession: Unemployed/homemaker

Home town: Santa Maria Capua Vetere, north of Naples

Background (translated from her official bio on beppegrillo.it): “I joined Beppe Grillo’s [online forum] in 2007, and I’ve never stopped supporting it since. I felt something important was going on, and I wanted to be a part of it. . . . The birth of the Five Star Movement became the most important project of my life.”

Carlo Sibilia

Deputy

Age: 27

Profession: Elevator salesman

Home town: Avellino, east of Naples

Background He returned from studying at the University of Perugia in Umbria in 2007 to find that a major garbage strike had left trash strewn on the streets of his home town. He decided that the country needed change and joined the online community of the Five Star Movement. He become more and more active politically within the “virtual party,” winning a seat in Italy’s lower house and becoming a first-time lawmaker this month.

Paola Carinelli

Deputy

Age: 33

Profession: Works for an international courier company

Home town: Brescia, in northern Italy.

Background Although she has no experience in politics, she says that makes her more suitable to serve, given the tarnished image of traditional politicians. “I say that if experience leads to bribery and to stealing money, I’m happy not to be experienced,” she told the Guardian newspaper.

Paolo Romano

Deputy

Age: 29

Profession: Factory line worker

Home town: Asti, in the northwestern Italian region of Piedmont

Background (translated from his official bio on beppegrillo.it): “My experience within the movement started in 2007, after one of Beppe Grillo’s shows. . . . The turning point for me was in 2010, when along with others I founded our first local Five Star group.”

 
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