Italian President Giovanni Leone opened talks with political leaders in Rome on Monday (12 January) to try and solve the present Government's crisis and prevent premature general elections.
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The Presidential Palace in Rome...where talks between Italian President Giovanni Leone and political leaders opened on Monday.
Amintore Fanfani, President of the Italian Senate, was one of the first to arrive for the discussions which will try and solve the present Government's crisis and avoid premature general elections.
Former President Giuseppe Saragat also attended the meeting. The crisis came last Wednesday When the Italian Socialist Party withheld its parliamentary support for the ruling coalition....insisting on a government open to formal support rom the Communist opposition.
The Socialists' sixty-one seats in the Chamber of Deputies are vital to any majority the ruling Christian Democrats may want to form, and if no acceptable solution to the stalemate can be found in the near future, early general elections will be inevitable.
Signor Spagholi...a former Senate president....was another who addressed Monday's meeting. Signor Spagholi is also a Christian Democrat and observers believe that President Leone will ask the outgoing Prime Minister Aldo Moro to try and form a new government.
There have been a series of party meetings and informal contacts between politicians since last Wednesday. It's believed whoever is finally asked to from a new Government will attempt to establish a four-party centre left coalition. Christian Democrats, Social Democrats, Socialists and Republicans would all be involved.
The Christian and social Democrats have already expressed their preference for such a move, but so far, the Socialists are against any efforts that exclude the Communists.
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Background: Italian President Giovanni Leone opened talks with political leaders in Rome on Monday (12 January) to try and solve the present Government's crisis and prevent premature general elections.
The Italian Socialist Party caused the crisis last Wednesday (7 January) when it withheld parliamentary support for the ruling coalition...insisting on a government open to formal support from the Communist opposition.
President Leone's discussions will last two day and observers believe he will ask outgoing Prime Minister Aldo Moro to form a new Government.
There have been a series of party meetings and informal contacts between politicians since last Wednesday. It's believed that whoever is given the task of forming Italy's 68th post-Fascist government, will be asked to attempt a four-party centre-left coalition of Christian Democrats, Socialists, Social Democrats and Republicans.
The Christian and Social Democrats have already announced their preference for such a step, but so far the Socialists are still against any moves that exclude the Communists.
The Socialists' 61 seats in the Chamber of Deputies are vital to any majority the ruling Christian Democrats may want to form, and if no acceptable solution can be found in the near future early general elections look inevitable.
Monday's meeting with President Leone was attended by the President of the Senate, Amintore Fanfani, former Italian President Giuseppe Saragat, and former Senate President, Signor Spagholi.