On Tuesday (13 July), Italian President Giovanni Leone named the outgoing Christian Democratic Budget Minister, Signor Giulio Andreotti, as Prime Minister designate.
On Tuesday (13 July), Italian President Giovanni Leone named the outgoing Christian Democratic Budget Minister, Signor Giulio Andreotti, as Prime Minister designate. Signor Andreotti now faces the difficult task of trying to form a coalition government with the Socialists following last month's general election.
SYNOPSIS: Meeting reporters at the Quirinale Palace in Rome the same day, Signor Andreotti said he wasn't optimistic about the early formation of Italy's 39th government in 33 years. His pessimism stems from three factors. The Socialists have refused to join a Christian Democratic led coalition unless room is made for the Communist Party. A split has developed within the Socialist camp, following the resignation of party leader Signor Francesco de Martino. He stood down following the party's poor showing in last month' general election. And there is strong opposition from within the Christian Democratic Party to Communist participation in a coalition government.
Signor Benedetto Craxi has been tipped as a possible successor to Signor Martino. Along with leading party veteran, Signor Pietro Nenni, they have been meeting on the leadership question and the coalition issue this week.
Signor Craxi said that he expects a lengthy debate on the twin issues before anything is agreed. The Socialists are crucial to Signor Andreotti's plan to form a coalition with a working parliamentary majority. However, the Socialists still have not said whether they will change their minds and join a coalition without Communist participation. During the general election campaign, the Socialists said that the Communists must be given a role in a new government.