Italy's 38th government since the fall of Mussolini in 1943 has been sworn in by President Giovanni Leone.
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Background: Italy's 38th government since the fall of Mussolini in 1943 has been sworn in by President Giovanni Leone. However, the new government is expected to last only a few weeks.
Prime Minister, Aldo Moro said his new all Christian Democrat party government had been formed to give Italy government leadership after the recent political chaos.
Although the new government is a minority, it will be supported by the social Democrat Party, while the Socialists and Republicans have given their assurance that they will not oppose the new government "for some little time".
The new Cabinet is virtually unchanged from the previous administration which collapsed on 7 January after the Socialists announced that they would no longer support the government.
The new government almost collapsed before it was even sworn in when Prime Minister Moro appointed Signor Arnaldo Forlani to the post of Defence Minister. Signor Forlani refused to accept the position and said he had been appointed without his consent. The Prime Minister saved the situation appointing himself as Defence Minister "for an interim period".
The former Defence Minister was Signor Luigi Gui, who resigned to defend himself against charges of having taken bribes from the United States of America aircraft company, Lockheed.
The new government is expected to attempt a salvage operation on Italy's sinking economy. The country's foreign trade deficit more than doubled from November to December, bringing the total deficit for 1975 to 2,340,000 million lire. (1560 million pounds sterling).
The Italian lire is also under heavy attack on the international money market, having fallen to the equivalent of an 11.6 per cent devaluation since the Bank of Italy stopped supporting the currency on January 21.
SYNOPSIS: The Quirinale Presidential Palace in the Italian capital of Rome, where the latest Italian government was formally sworn in on Thursday. The swearing in ceremony was conducted by the Italian President, Signor Giovanni Leone. The new government is Italy's thirty-eight since the fall of the Fascist Administration of Mussolini in nineteen forty-three.
However, the new cabinet is only a minority government and is expected to last only a few weeks. The Prime Minister, Signor Aldo Moro said the all Christian Democrat party government was formed to give Italy leadership after the recent political chaos. Is being supported by the Social Democrat Party, while the Socialist and the Republicans have given assurances that they will not oppose the new government for some time. The new cabinet is virtually unchanged from the previous administration which collapsed on the seventh of January after the Socialists withdrew their support.