• Short Summary

    THE ITALIAN ELECTION CAMPAIGNING CLOSED LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY) AFTER A GRAND FINALE OF SPEECHES, LOUDSPEAKER SLOGANS, SHOWERS OF LEAFLET, OCCASIONAL FIST-FIGHTS, AND LAST-MINUTE "SHOCK REVELATION BY THE POLITICAL PARTIES ABOUT EACH OTHER.

  • Description

    THE ITALIAN ELECTION CAMPAIGNING CLOSED LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY) AFTER A GRAND FINALE OF SPEECHES, LOUDSPEAKER SLOGANS, SHOWERS OF LEAFLET, OCCASIONAL FIST-FIGHTS, AND LAST-MINUTE "SHOCK REVELATION BY THE POLITICAL PARTIES ABOUT EACH OTHER. THE ITALIANS ARE TODAY HAVING A QUIET DAY TO MAKE UP THEIR MINDS BEFORE VOTING TOMORROW FOR -- ALMOST CERTAINLY -- THE SAME GOVERNMENT AS BEFORE.

    FEW PEOPLE EXPECT THAT ANY PARTY CAN DISLODGE THE CENTRE-LEFT COALITION OF CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS, SOCIALISTS, AND REPUBLICANS WHO -- AFTER A FEW INITIAL CRISES -- HAVE RUN AN INCREASINGLY PROSPEROUS COUNTRY FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS. THE BIGGEST CHANGE PREDICTED IS THAT THE COMMUNIST PARTY, THE BIGGEST IN THE WEST, WILL LOSE MANY OF THE VOTES IT GAINED AT THE LAST ELECTIONS WHEN IT HAD A QUARTER OF THE TOTAL.

    TO WIN VOTES, THE COMMUNISTS HAVE CONSTANTLY EMPHASISED THE VATICAN COUNCIL'S TEACHING THAT PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE ACCORDING TO THEIR CONSCIENCES, AND DECLARED THEIR UNQUALIFIED SUPPORT FOR THE LIBERALISING CHANGES IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA, APPARENTLY TO SHOW ITALIANS THAT FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY CAN ALSO WORK UNDER COMMUNISM.

    THE SOCIALISTS ARE ASKING FOR MORE VOTES TO BE ABLE TO STAND UP MORE FIRMLY TO THEIR CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT PARTNERS -- AT PRESENT THEY HAVE 120 SEATS TO THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT'S 206 IN THE 630-SEAT CHAMBER -- AND TO CHALLENGE THE COMMUNISTS AS THE PARTY OF THE WORKING CLASS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADZZ2DROY356BVYMUBCRI1YLC1
    Media URN:
    VLVADZZ2DROY356BVYMUBCRI1YLC1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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