ITALY: Reprieve

Premier Alcide de Gasperi, fighting for the life of his precarious Red-less Government (TIME, June 9), got a political reprieve last week. The Communists' best opportunity to kill the new Cabinet seemed to be the scheduled dissolution of the Italian Constituent Assembly this month, which would have been followed by general elections in the fall. The Communists were sure they could lick De Gasperi, or at least deflect his energies from the desperate business of government. But last week the Assembly decided to junk the schedule and to postpone general elections for at least six months. This gave De Gasperi...

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