Italy's Prime Minister designate, Filippo Maria Pandolfi, started with his efforts to form a new government last Sunday (29 July) -- in a bid to end the country's six-month-old government crisis.
GV Presidential Palace with Italian flag.
SV INTERIOR Prime Minister Designative Filippo Maria Pandolfo leaving President Sandro Pertini's office and talking to newsmen. (2 SHOTS)
SV EXTERIOR Socialist Party headquarters.
CU INTERIOR Socialist Party spokesman Balsamo making statement after meeting with Pandolfi.
SV PAN Newsmen TO Neo-Fascist Party spokesman speaking in Italian.
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Background: Italy's Prime Minister designate, Filippo Maria Pandolfi, started with his efforts to form a new government last Sunday (29 July) -- in a bid to end the country's six-month-old government crisis. Signor Pandolfi talked to leaders of all the major parties, who so far have responded positively to his attempt to form what he calls a "truce government".
SYNOPSIS: Signor Pandolfi received the call to form his "truce government" last Friday (27 July), when he saw President Sandro Pertini. Afterwards, he told newsmen that he might be able to form a stop-gap government. He said his task was extremely difficult, but he was not entirely pessimistic about his chances to form at least a temporary government. Several newspapers speculated that if the powerful Socialists abstain in Parliament, Signor Pandolfi's new administration may stand a chance -- at least until early next year, when local elections will be held in Italy.
Signor Pandolfi went to see Socialist Party leaders on Sunday to gauge their reactions to his appointment. Socialist spokesman, Signor Balsamo, told reporters afterwards that his party would treat Signor Pandolfi's initiative with objectivity. He said the Socialist Party would wait to see Pandolfi's parliamentary programme before deciding its position.
The Socialist's cautious stand has compelled Signor Pandolfi to include the small Liberal, Republican and Social Democratic Parties and the tiny regional Sudtiroler Volkspartei in his coalition with the Christian Democrats. They say Signor Pandolfi's efforts could help parties to resume their political dialogue. The smaller parties gave their support -- although it was qualified "yes".