Italian Primer Minister Emilio Colombo resigned today (Saturday) plunging Italy into a fresh government crisis.?
Italian Primer Minister Emilio Colombo resigned today (Saturday) plunging Italy into a fresh government crisis. Signor Colombo, Italy's 32nd Prime Minister since the fall of fascism, handed his resignation to Italy's new President Giovanni Leone.
The resignation followed a crisis meeting of leading figures in the four parties which made up Signor Colombo's Centre-left Coalition Government.
Disagreements between the coalition parties began to emerge during the protracted voting last month to find a successor to former President Saragat. Signor Saragat has returned to former President Saragat. Signor Saragat has returned to political activity as leader of the Social Democrats, one of the major coalition partners.
SYNOPSIS: In Rome, a crisis meeting between leaders of four political parties ended on Saturday in the resignation of the Government headed by prime Minister Emilio Colombo. The Party leaders met at the Chigi Palace in a last-ditch attempt to heal the splits in the four-party coalition. The deep divisions between the parties became clear last month during the marathon voting sessions to find a successor to President Giuseppe Saragat. The immediate reason for the crisis was the announcement by the small but influential Republican party that it was leaving the centre-left alliance and would join the opposition when parliament re-convenes on Tuesday.
Signor Colombo has been Prime Minister since August 1970. He's the 32nd man to hold the office since the fall of fascism in the Second World War.