Italian Treasury Minister Filippo Maria Pandolfi has been asked on Thursday (26 July) to form a new government and end Italy's political deadlock.
SV: New Italian Prime Minister Filippo Maria Pandolfi meets newsmen.
SV AND CU: Pandolfi speaking in Italian.
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Background: Italian Treasury Minister Filippo Maria Pandolfi has been asked on Thursday (26 July) to form a new government and end Italy's political deadlock. Italy has been without a permanent government since January when Giolio Andreotti's administration fell amid communist demands for cabinet seats in return for their continued support in Parliament.
SYNOPSIS: After Pandolfi saw President Sandro Pertini on Friday morning he told reporters of his new appointment.
President Pertini turned to Signor Pandolfi to form a government after Italy's general elections in July, produced no clear majority. The elections became necessary after Andreotti's government was defeated by one vote in a no-confidence motion.
Signor Pandolfi is described as an unassuming quiet man from the northern Italian town of Bergamo. He is a widely respected politician who has earned a reputation as a hard worker.
Signor Pandolfi has been in charge of the treasury office since March, 1978. There he composed a three-year economic recovery plan aimed against inflation and high public expenditure to increase investment in the poorer south.
Signor Pandolfi told the reporters he would start immediately to try and form a government, but admitted it was an arduous task. He said his aim was "to favour a truce... which might permit the political parties to prepare a more stable equilibrium."
Signor Pandolfi is expected to form a cabinet with the small Republican and Social Democratic Parties, now part of a caretaker government headed by former Prime Minister Andreotti. The communists are expected to vote against a Pandolfi government. Recent history tells that the life of a successful Italian government is shortlived.