Italy's thirty-eight post-war government was sworn into office on Sunday (5 August) signalling the end, at least temporarily, to a political crises which has kept Italy in the hands of a caretaker government since January.
GV exterior building where ministers being sworn in
CU Zoom out interior President and ministers walk out into hall
SV Minister taking oath and signs oath then countersigned by President PAN to other ministers looking
SV ministers looking on
SV ministers shake hands with President and walks off
GV Zoom out swearing in continues
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Background: Italy's thirty-eight post-war government was sworn into office on Sunday (5 August) signalling the end, at least temporarily, to a political crises which has kept Italy in the hands of a caretaker government since January.
SYNOPSIS: The new government was sworn in the Italian capital yesterday after six unsuccessful earlier attempts.
The new Premier, Christian Democrat Francesco Cossiga, took only forty-eight hours to assemble his new cabinet. He has introduced a strong team of ministers, from three political parties, and has appointed four technocrats from outside parliament.
Political observers believe that the new government will have a strong economic bias, something that Italy sorely needs. The government is already drawing up plans to tackle long unattended national problems, such as inflation, unemployment, and the development of southern Italy. The new government can count on the full support of the Christian Democrats in passing legislation and of the Democrats and Liberal parties. The Socialists who hold the balance of power in parliament have agreed to abstain, and the new government will rely heavily upon this for its political survival. This government may last until the winter whom now negotiations between the main political parties about the future administration are likely to start.
A vote of confidence to be held in the Italian parliament later this week is not expected to cause any problems for the new Prime Minister. Only sixteen months ago Mr. Cossiga declared himself "politically dead" and observers believe that his recent political success is not due. solely, to his considerable personal charm and political appeal which crosses all party lines. Somo think that his avoidance of the political arena during the turbulent pre and post election period gained him credit.