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    More than a million people in Northern Italy went to the polls in regional elections in Val d'Aosta and Friuli, Venice and Giuila on Sunday (25 June).

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    More than a million people in Northern Italy went to the polls in regional elections in Val d'Aosta and Friuli, Venice and Giuila on Sunday (25 June). At the same time, the people of Trieste had to vote for a new City Council. These were the fourth public ballots since the kidnapping and killing of former Premier Aldo Moro. The final results were expected on Tuesday (27 June).

    SYNOPSIS: The people of Friuli voted in good weather after a tornado around Udine in north-east Italy destroyed homes and workshops, and killed at least one person. A devastating earthquake two years ago claimed nearly 1,000 lives in Fruili and election campaigning has taken place against a background of accusations of fraud, in the distribution of aid and money given to reconstruct the area. The present mayor and other officials, accused of corruption, are standing for re-election.

    In Trieste, left-wing extremists destroyed two cars with petrol bombs, shortly before the poll opened. The cars belonged to prominent Christian Democratic politician Nereo Stopper tipped to be the Mayor of Trieste after the election. A group calling themselves "Communist Cells for the Counterpower", warned they would attack other so-called "Architects of capitalism". All three voting areas are presently controlled by the ruling Christian Democrats, although they form a coalition with independents and socialists in Val d'Aosta, north of Genoa.

    In the small alpine region of Val d'Aosta, the language is a southern French patios and the people are regarded as being remote from Italian national affairs. The results of the elections, though keenly awaited in Rome will not be considered typical of Italian opinion as a whole. The Christian Democrats are hoping for further gains in these elections following an increase in their support in local elections in nearly 1,000 communes in May at the expense of the Communists.

    As election results from the northern regions were awaited, bargaining sessions between Italy's Socialist Party, the Christian Democrats and the Communists were taking place in Rome, before Presidential Elections, due to begin on Thursday (29 June). The new president will succeed Giovanni Leone, who resigned earlier this month in the face of allegations of tax evasions and other financial irregularities.

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