Signor Giulio Andreotti, a traditionalist Roman Catholic politician enjoying close ties with the Vatican, called at the Quirinal Palace in Rome on Saturday (July 11) to accept the President's mandate to form a new four-party Centre-Left Government.
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Background: Signor Giulio Andreotti, a traditionalist Roman Catholic politician enjoying close ties with the Vatican, called at the Quirinal Palace in Rome on Saturday (July 11) to accept the President's mandate to form a new four-party Centre-Left Government.
President Saragat's mandate was precise, and left the Premier-designate no scope for seeking solutions other than the well-tried but sorely-strained alliance between Christian Democrats, Socialists, Social Democrats, and Republicans.
Bitter differences between the same coalition partners persuaded Premier Mariano Rumor to resign unexpectedly last Monday after his third Cabinet had held office for only 100 days.
Fifty-one year-old Signor Andreotti, leader of the Christian Democrats in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, said after his meeting with the President that he would meet Christian Democrat politicians on Monday, and begin consultations with the other party representatives on Tuesday.
One of the cleverest men in the Christian Democrat Party, and with long Cabinet experience, Signor Andreotti has recently shifted considerably towards the left from his former hard-line Catholic conservatism - a development which has made him more acceptable to the Socialists than in the past.
During his long spell as Defence Minister, from 1959 to 1966, he was also known as an unswerving supporter of the Atlantic Alliance.