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  After Italy vote, people line up for universal basic income for unemployed, reports say
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Last EditedRP  Mar 09, 2018 02:42pm
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News DateFriday, March 9, 2018 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionDozens of Italians have been queuing at tax offices to claim money promised by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in the weekend election -- even though the party is not yet in power. A key election pledge of the 5-Star Movement (M5S) was to provide a universal basic income for the unemployed ranging from 700 euros ($860) to 3,000 euros ($3,695).

The party scooped up 33 percent of the national vote in Sunday's ballot, becoming the country's biggest single party, but it did not win as many votes as a right-wing coalition, so both camps are in the process of finding allies to form a parliamentary majority.

However, the political stalemate has not stopped voters in southern Italy from already demanding that the M5S make good on its election pledge.
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