The Italian President Signor Giovanni Leone is to start a series of consultations with party leaders before naming a Prime Minister-designate for the nation, following the resignation of Signor Giulio Andreotti's minority Christian Democrat Government on Monday (16 January).
The Italian President Signor Giovanni Leone is to start a series of consultations with party leaders before naming a Prime Minister-designate for the nation, following the resignation of Signor Giulio Andreotti's minority Christian Democrat Government on Monday (16 January). Signor Andreotti formed a government in 1976 after an inconclusive general election left his party with, the biggest representation in the Chamber of Deputies. It ruled with the support of Italy's other three major parties, the Communists, the Socialists and the Republicans. His move came after these parties withdrew support from the Christian Democrats after he had refused their demands for cabinet posts in an emergency government.
SYNOPSIS: Signor Andreotti went to the Quirinale Palace to give his resignation to President Leone after explaining to his final cabinet meeting that the three parties on which the Christian Democrats had depended had withdrawn parliamentary support. The resignation ended Italy's 39th Government in 35 years since the overthrow of Fascism, but it is expected in Rome that Signor Andreotti be asked to form a new Government. It will mean Signor Andreotti will have to forge a new deal with the Socialists and the Communists.
The resignation comes at a time when there is a growing demand in the country for a restoration of law and order as extremists of right and left clash on the streets. So far Signor Andreotti has declined to comment on possible compromise solutions. Meanwhile, the Communist Party's foreign affairs spokesman Signor Sergio Segre has explained his party's attitude.
Senor Segre said that he felt the Socialists and Republicans shared the Communist Party's feelings that the resignation of Signor Andreotti underlined the need to give politicians freedom of choice to find the best possible solution to the Italian crisis. He said it was to be hoped that the United States would show a greater understanding of the Italian problem and a greater understanding of the fact that a positive solution to the problem could come not only from the Italian people, but also from the people of the nations allied to Italy.
The Communist leadership has come under heavy pressure from rank and file members to take a tougher line with the Christian Democrats, but a new compromise has been hinted at.