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    Italy's Socialist Party, power-broker between the ruling Christian Democrats and opposition Communists, opened a four-day conference in Rome on Wednesday (3 March).

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    GV Delegates entering hall
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    GV INTERIOR Delegates applaud
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    SV PAN ALONG Delegates
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    4.
    SV Spanish delegation
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    5.
    SV French and Israeli delegation
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    SV De Martino rises to applause and walks to dais
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    SV Delegates clapping
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    LV & SV De Martino speaking
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    SV Delegates applaud
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    Italy's Socialist Party, regarded as a power-broker between the ruling Christian Democrats and the opposition Communists, opened a four-day conference in Rome on Wednesday and observers say it could determine the future of Italian politics. Having brought down the centre-left government early in the new year, the Socialists paved the way for a minority Christian Democrat administration five weeks later by promising to abstain in parliamentary votes.



    Party leader Francisco de Martino, delivering the keynote address at the conference, ruled out any alliance between his party and the powerful Italian communists. In a 90-page speech, Signor de Martino said he believed the party's best interests would be served by seeking a new form of co-operation with the long-dominant Christian Democrat Party. He was replaying to a call by his party's rank and file which is pressing for a leftist alternative to 25 years of Christian Democrat rule.




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    Background: Italy's Socialist Party, power-broker between the ruling Christian Democrats and opposition Communists, opened a four-day conference in Rome on Wednesday (3 March). Observers believe that the conference could determine the future of Italian politics.

    Having brought down the centre-left government on 7 January, the Socialists paved the way for a minority Christian Democrat administration five weeks later by promising to abstain in parliamentary votes.

    The decision angered the Socialist rank and file which thought that their leaders threw away a chance to force real changes in Italy's political ways.

    The will be pressing during the conference for a leftist alternative to 25 years of Christian Democrat rule.

    Party leader Francesco de Martino, delivering the main address, ruled out any alliance between the Socialists and the powerful Italian communist.

    He said he believed the Party's best interests would be served by seeking a new form of co-operation with the long-dominant Christian Democrat Party.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1ZH9PROJNBNMJWODDTLSL4GC0
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ZH9PROJNBNMJWODDTLSL4GC0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
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    N/A

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