Italy's Communist Party on Tuesday (14 March) continued its attacks on the country's new government which it is pledged to support.
Italy's Communist Party on Tuesday (14 March) continued its attacks on the country's new government which it is pledged to support. The party called it worn out and hardly capable of tackling the nation's problems. It was the party's sharpest criticism yet, since Christian Democrat Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti announced his new cabinet.
SYNOPSIS: President Giovanni Leone, here accompanied by Signor Andreotti, conducted the swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace in Rome. This was the fourth time in Signor Andreotti's career that he had taken a new government to the palace for the oath.
The ceremony ended an eight-week-old political crisis, with the Communist Party gaining a formal government role for the first time in 31 years. All but two Ministers in the new, 20-man cabinet served with Signor Andreotti during his previous administration. That government lasted 17 months.
Signor Arnaldo Forlani has been given the portfolio of Foreign Affairs in a government which will be expected to offer its resignation in December, when the new Head of State is elected.
Signor Francesco Cossiga will be in charge of Home Affairs.
The Communist Party will formally vote for the new government in the Parliamentary majority. The Communists are members of a five-party pact backing the Cabinet in Parliament They have also taken part in working out the guidelines for a government programme to combat Italy's economic crisis and political violence.
But the Communists have had no say in the make-up of the new government, which includes a woman Minister, Tina Anselmi, who has been given responsibility for the nation's health.