In Italy, the Communist Party is holding out for Cabinet seats as the price for future co-operations with a government led by the Christian Democrats.
SV Italian Communist Party secretary Enrico Berlinguer and Associates exist from meeting
CU Berlinguer speaking (3 shots)
CU Socialist Party secretary Bettino Craxi comments in Italian to newsmen
The ten-month old government which collapsed last week was a one-party Christian Democratic minority supported in Parliament by four groups, which included the Communists and Socialists. Reuters said Signor Berlinguer's Firmness added weight to the general belief that attempts to form a new government would fail, making early elections inevitable.
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Background: In Italy, the Communist Party is holding out for Cabinet seats as the price for future co-operations with a government led by the Christian Democrats. The Communist Party Secretary, Signor Enrico Berlinguer, said in Rome on Wednesday (7 February) he would not consider an alliance on any other terms.
SYNOPSIS: The Communists met for two hours with acting Prime Minister Guilio Andreotti, who is trying to form a new government to replace the one which fell on January the thirty-first.
Signor Berlinguer said his party had reaffirmed its proposals that the political solution for Italy is a democratic coalition, which included the Communists.
He said Signor Andreotti had proposed several ideas to him but seemed to be circling around the central issue of guaranteed Cabinet posts, because no guarantee had been given.
Signor Berlinguer refused to give details of his talks with the acting Prime Minister, and said emphatically he had not been satisfied with them.
Signor Andreotti also held talks with other party leaders.
Socialist Party Secretary Bettino Craxi spoke with Signor Andreotti for an hour. Informed sources said he had proposed a government, half of whose members would be Christian Democrats, and half chosen from the four parties which had supported the previous minority government. He told newsmen a new government was possible, based on a balance of representatives, and a suitable redefinition of the former governments's programmes.