Leaders of Italy's Communist Party met in Rome on June 18 for the first time since the death of Party supremo Enrico Berlinguer and the Communist gains in the country's European elections.
1. GV Communist Party headquarters. 0.06
2. SV INTERIOR Giorgio Napolitano, head of Chamber of Deputies speaking. (SOT) 0.33
3. GV Opening of meeting. 0.37
4. SV Alessandro Natta, Head of Party's main disciplinary body. 0.40
5. SV Luciano Laino PAN TO SV Giorgio Napolitano. 0.47
6. SV Achille Occhetto, head of Press and Propaganda Department. 0.56
7. SV PULL BACK GV Nilde Joitti. 1.08
8. SV PULL BACK GV Pajetta. 1.15
TRANSCRIPT: NAPOLITANO: (SEQ 2) "I think that the result of the European election will arise the problem of a new dialogue with the Italian Communist Party in our country, will reinforce the necessity to take into account the positions of this great political force which has become, in fact, the first party in Italy."
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Background: ROME, ITALY
Leaders of Italy's Communist Party met in Rome on June 18 for the first time since the death of Party supremo Enrico Berlinguer and the Communist gains in the country's European elections. As counting in the elections neared its conclusion, the party looked set to edge in front of the long-dominant Christian Democrats for the first time in a national vote. The aim of the meeting was to review the direction of the party in the light of recent developments. The contest to succeed Berlinguer as leader is revolving around 66-year-old Alessandro Natta, head of the party's disciplinary body and a centrist, like Berlinguer. Should the party choose to go for a younger man, 43-year-old Achille Occhetto, head of the Press and Propaganda Department, is the likely front runner. Also present at the meeting was Giorgio Napolitano, head of the Chamber of Deputies Communist Group, who is considered a strong candidate for the position of Party Secretary.
Source: REUTERS - ROLANDO FERRARIO