President Gronchi swore in 52-year-old Christian Democrat Amintore Fanfani as Italy's new premier at the Quirinal Palace, Rome, July 27.
Quirinal palace - Gronchi and Fanfani enter hall - cabinet members take oath - Gronchi and fanfani sign - Gronchi and ministers pose for cameras.
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Background: President Gronchi swore in 52-year-old Christian Democrat Amintore Fanfani as Italy's new premier at the Quirinal Palace, Rome, July 27. The new cabinet also took an oath of allegiance.
Signor Fanfani - with an all-Christian Democrat government - will have the support of Democratic Socialists, Liberals, and Republicans, three small centre groups. Opposition will come from Fascists on the right and Communists on the left. The new administration replaces Signor Tambroni's stop-gap Christian Democrat government which lasted less than four months and collapsed July 19 after two weeks rioting - a Communist - led protest against the revival of Fascism. The virulence of the Communist threat led to a decrease of internal Christian Democrat disputes.
Former Premiers Scelba and Segni will serve in the new cabinet - as Minister of the Interior, and Minister for Foreign Affairs.