• Short Summary

    The Italian Socialist Party has brought down the Government.

    The Socialists caused the Government to resign?

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    The Italian Socialist Party has brought down the Government.

    The Socialists caused the Government to resign after they withdrew their support on Wednesday (7 January) from the fragile coalition, leaving the Christian Democrats and Republicans little choice but to quit.

    The Government was Italy's 37th since the fall of fascism in 1943.

    It had lasted 411 days, making it the 10th longest in the country's postwar history.

    The Government had been in difficulty since the Socialists and the Communists made significant gains last June in regional and local elections which brought the powerful Communist Party more than one third of the National vote.

    The last Government was led by Prime Minister Aldo Moro.

    The Socialist Party endorsed the decision of the party Secretary, Francesco de Martino, to withdraw support from the Government.

    SYNOPSIS: The headquarters of the Italian Socialist Party in Rome, where the Party had been meeting for the past several days to discuss what in effect would mean the downfall of the Italian Government, headed by Prime Minister, Aldo Moro.

    And at a special meeting on Wednesday the Party members decided to endorse the suggestion of their Party Secretary, Mr. Francesco de Martino, to withdraw their support for the Christian Democrat-Republican coalition Government. Although not formal members of the coalition, the Socialists' sixty one seats gave the Prime Minister three hundred and seventy one seats in the six hundred and thirty seat Parliament. The Government had been under increasing pressure from the Socialist Party since last June when the Communists and the Socialists made significant gains in regional and local elections. The result of these elections brought the powerful Communist Party more than one third of the national vote.

    Now without the support of the Socialists Prime Minister Moro has handed in the resignation of his government. It was Italy's thirty seventh government since the fall of the Fascists in nineteen forty three.

    It had lasted little more than four hundred days, making it the tenth longest government in the country's post war history.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEUH52H958MO6034BKLZ5KRIVW
    Media URN:
    VLVAEUH52H958MO6034BKLZ5KRIVW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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