• Short Summary

    Polling in the first day of the Italian general elections passed peacefully today (Sunday May 7).

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    Polling in the first day of the Italian general elections passed peacefully today (Sunday May 7). Voting urns in the 67,670 polling stations were closed after 16 hours, and were due to be re-opened on Monday for the final day's balloting. Final results were due mid-afternoon on Tuesday (May 9).

    The election, Italy's sixth since World War Two, was precipitated a year ahead of schedule by the collapse earlier this year of the Christian Democrat coalition with socialists, social democrats and republicans. Political analysts were predicting a majority in favour of the Christian Democrats, who have ruled Italy since World War Two in and out of coalition. Keen interest was focused, however, on the progress of the Italian Communist Party--the country's second largest party--and the growing right-wing Italian Social Movement, accused by its opponents of being neo-fascist. The Christian Democrats have said, however, that if forced into another coalition after this election they WON'T go into any liaison which includes either the Communist Party or the Social Movement.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5E7GXOHWJD95L2X96Z2TM6M3O
    Media URN:
    VLVA5E7GXOHWJD95L2X96Z2TM6M3O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/05/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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