The Italian Prime Minister-designate Singor Giulio Andreotti has agreed on a pact with the leaders of six of the country's political parties which is expected to end Italy's six-week-old political crisis.
GV EXTERIOR: Palazzo Chigi (Government Headquarters)
SV: Communist party leader Enrico Berlinguer entering building.
SV: President of the Socialist Party Pietro Nenni arrives.
SV: Secretary of Socialist Party Bettino Craxi arrives.
CU: Prime Minister Designate Giulio Andretti seated.
SV AND CU: President of Christian Democrat Party Aldo Moro enters and takes seat.
GV: party leaders seated around table. (2 shots)
The six parties involved in the pact were the Communities, Christian Democrats, Socialists, Social Democrats, Republicans and Liberals. Singor Andreotti's previous minority cabinet resigned on January 16 this year after the Communists, Socialists and Republicans demanded cabinet posts in an emergency government. On Sunday Singor Andreotti held talks with party experts on plans to amend law-and-order administration. On Monday and Tuesday, he is due to consult trade union and employers leaders before the final meeting with other political leaders.
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Background: The Italian Prime Minister-designate Singor Giulio Andreotti has agreed on a pact with the leaders of six of the country's political parties which is expected to end Italy's six-week-old political crisis. The leaders agreed to support Singor Andreotti's new minority government in both houses of parliament.
SYNOPSIS: The Government headquarters in Rome were the setting for the talks which opened on Saturday (4 March). They were attended by leaders of six parties including Communist Party chief Singor Enrico Berlinguer. The break-through came after several hours of talking.
The Socialist Party represented by its President Pietro Nenni and Secretary Bettino Craxi. After the talks, Singor Andreotti said a "notable step forward" had been taken. Other party leaders gave equally positive assessments. If the pact is implemented, it will be the first time since 1947 Communists have actively supported a Christian Democratic minority government. Singor Andreotti is to meet the other party leaders again on Wednesday (8 March) to finalise the pact.
Singor Aldo Moro's ruling Christian Democratic Party says the only concession made to the Communists was to offer them a share in a parliamentary pact with "precise and limited conditions". The pact falls well short of the minium demands by the Communists to be included in a formal parliamentary majority. Singor Andreotti is expected to begin forming a cabinet within the next few days.