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    After one of the country's longest political crises Italy has a new government. Prime Minister?

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    After one of the country's longest political crises Italy has a new government. Prime Minister Guilio Andreotti saw President Giovanni Leone on Saturday (11 March), and told him that with the support of the Communists, he was able to form a new government administration. The new cabinet is expected to be sworn in on Monday (13 March) and win a vote of confidence in parliament later in the week.

    SYNOPSIS: Signor Andreotti announced his??? new cabinet at the Quitinale Palace in Rome. It contained only two new faces, Labour Minister, Vincenzo Scotti and the Minister of Tourism, Carl Pastorina. Two Ministers, Signor Vito Lattanzio, who headed the Transport and Merchant Navy Ministry, and Health Minister Luciano Del Falco, were both dropped from the cabinet. It will be Italy's 40th post war administration and the first since 1947 to have formal Communist backing. The cabinet will be drawn from Signor Andreotti's Christian Democratic party, but its policies will be based on a programme worked out with the Communists, Socialists, Social Democrats and Republicans, who have pledged their support. The Communist however, are not happy with the cabinet, and in Rome on Sunday they criticised it for having too many old faces. L'Unita, the Communist Daily newspaper said: "Once again the Christian Democrats prove incapable of overcoming the logic of party politics, and internal wrangling.

    Once again they were not able to bring out new forces and fresh energies to change government personnel, which is already worn out".

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