Italy faces another political crisis following the resignation Wednesday night (7 January) of its 37th government since the fall of fascism in 1943.
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Background: Italy faces another political crisis following the resignation Wednesday night (7 January) of its 37th government since the fall of fascism in 1943.
Prime Minister Aldo Moro submitted the government's resignation to President Giovanni Leone after the Socialist Party withdrew its vital support for the coalition of Christian Democrats and Republicans.
The President's office said Signor Leone would confer with political leaders on Monday, but most observers believe that an early general election is inevitable.
Opinion polls have indicated that the communists would replace the Christian Democrats as Italy's biggest party in such an election.
But the communists have so far opposed general elections, saying that the three months run-up to polling would create a harmful political vacuum during the country's current economic crisis.
The Socialists have proposed a broad-based emergency government open to contributions from the communist opposition.
SYNOPSIS: Thursday morning's newspapers in Italy were full of the story of yet another government resignation.. the 37th since the fall of fascism in 1943. The resignation of the government of Prime Minister Aldo Moro came after the Socialist party decided earlier in the day to withdraw its support from the coalition of Christian Democrats and Republicans.
Although not members of the government, the Socialists had provided the government's majority in Parliament. A statement by the Socialist party before it withdrew its support said the government failed to deal effectively with the country's economic problems. The statement also said the government treated the Socialist party with manifest contempt. The Moro government lasted 411 days, the 10th longest in Italy's post-war history.