Attempt to from a new coalition Government in Italy entered a new stage in Rome on Friday when Caretaker Prime Minister Mariono Rumor accepted a request by President Guiseppe Saragat to renew political consultations.
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Background: Attempt to from a new coalition Government in Italy entered a new stage in Rome on Friday when Caretaker Prime Minister Mariono Rumor accepted a request by President Guiseppe Saragat to renew political consultations. On Thursday, former Premier Amintore Fanfani told the President that his attempts to from a new four-party centre-left coalition had failed.
Signor Rumor, who has already tried and failed to form a Government since he resigned as Prime Minister on February 7 told reporters: "It is evident that the long crisis and the urgency of resolving it obliged me to accept the mandate encrusted me by the President of the Republic." He made clear that his efforts would be directed again towards the formation of a four-party coalition.
Signor Fanfani and Signor Rumor, both Christian Democrats, have been trying to revive a coalition of Christian Democrats, Socialists Social Democrats and Republicans.
If negotiations fail again, Signor Rumor will probably be forced either to offer his caretaker one-party cabinet to Parliament for a vote or confidence, or to hold a general election three years early.
The two major issues facing the coalition negotiations are the divorce bill, now going through Parliament, and relations with Italy's Communist Party.