In Italy, the Socialist Party, the most successful of the three major parties in the recent national election, will play a central role when a new government is formed.
GV EXTERIOR Socialist Party headquarters (2 shots)
LV executive committee in conference under Bettino Craxi
MS Craxi, PAN TO other committee members
CU members of committee (3 shots)
GV committee looking to Craxi
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Background: In Italy, the Socialist Party, the most successful of the three major parties in the recent national election, will play a central role when a new government is formed. The Socialists are tipped to play a waiting game in coming weeks, to see how their major rivals-- the Christian Democrats and the Communists-- respond to their losses in the national and European elections.
SYNOPSIS: The Socialist Party headquarters in Rome. In the national elections, they won just under ten percent of the vote making slight gains. They finished with sixty-two in the Senate. Their leader, Signor Bettino Craxi, can expect moves from the largest Party, the Christian-Democrats, to either join a coalition government, led by the Christian-Democrats, or guarantee them support in parliament. If they choose to do neither, observers believe both parties will indulge in behind-the-scenes bargaining for months. So far, Signor Craxi has given no hint of his intentions, insisting that the overtures must come from the Christian Democrats and the Communists.
The Financial Times newspaper of London says Signor Craxi must heed divisions inside his party, whose most vocal wing wants to move in tandem with the Communists. The newspaper predicts he will wait until the Communists declare they will go into opposition before the Socialists seek an arrangement with the Christian Democrats.