President Gronchi of Italy met party leaders in Rome, Feb. 26, in a bid to find new government.
GV PAN.. EXT.. Quirinale Palace.
SV INT.. Group of reporters.
SV Pella speaks to reporters.
CU Pella speaks and concludes interview.
CU Guard salutes.
SV Fanfani enters room.
MV Fanfani talks to press.
MV Fanfani concludes interview.
GV Reporters and delegates enter room.
CU Saragat speaks to press.
CU B.C.I.N.A. Cameraman.
MV Saragat concludes interview.
CU Reporter with tape recorder.
Terracini gives press statement.
MV Terracini Concludes and enters chamber.
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Background: President Gronchi of Italy met party leaders in Rome, Feb. 26, in a bid to find new government. Among those he saw were Signor Saragat (Socialist Democrat), Signor Terracini (Communist), Signor Pella (Christian Democrat), and Signor Fanfani (Christian Democrat). Signor Sagni's Christian Democrat administration resigned office, Feb. 24.
Italy's Christian Democrats have relied on Liberal support for the past year. Then, Liberal leader Malagodi bitterly criticised government policy, Feb. 20, for being undecided; traditional reliance on NATO and appreciation of Italy's limited strength was occupied with overtures to Russia, and empty prestige gestures. Next day the Liberals voted 103-13 to withdraw parliamentary support from the Christian Democrats. Rather than continue a precarious existence dependents on extreme right-wing support, signor Sagni's government resigned.
President of the Senate Mersagora received its warm support, Feb 25, when he attacked the current tone of Italian political life. If the Liberals wished to go into opposition they should have made their position clear in the proper place, namely Parliament. Negotiations outside Parliament lowered its stature.