In Italy, caretaker Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti was given a presidential mandate on Monday (2nd July) for the difficult task of forming Italy's 38th government since the second World War.
In Italy, caretaker Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti was given a presidential mandate on Monday (2nd July) for the difficult task of forming Italy's 38th government since the second World War. Italian newspapers have already described the task as at best difficult and at worst hopeless.
SYNOPSIS: The Prime Minister Signor Giulio Andreotti met newsmen at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, following his meeting with President Sandro Pertini.
Mr. Andreotti, who has headed three minority governments in the past three years, said he would spend Monday and Tuesday (2 & 3 July) considering the possible composition of a new administration. Mr. Andreotti's Christian Democrat Party which has ruled alone or in coalition for more than 30 years, has no majority in parliament. Its best chance of success lies in an agreement with the Socialists.
But Mr. Andreotti is personally opposed by Socialist leader, Bettino Craxi, who wants another figure, possibly from a third party to lead any coalition. The Communists, one of four parties which helped the Christian Democrats to rule until Mr. Andreotti's resignation last January, have threatened to return to the opposition unless they are offered cabinet seats. It was the withdrawal of parliamentary support by the communists which caused Mr. Andreotti's resignation. He then formed a three party minority coalition on March 21 which fell at its first confidence vote ten days later. General elections held last month to resolve the impasse gave inconclusive results.