ITALY: The Man from Naples

Throughout most of their long and tragic history, the inhabitants of the rocky, windswept island of Sardinia have been Italy's forgotten men. But last week all Italy was watching as Sardinia's tough peasants and their red-skirted women went to the polls to elect a new regional council. Reason: Italy was still without a Premier, after a month and a half's crisis, and its only hope for a strong government lay in new national elections (now scheduled for next spring). In the Sardinian voting, Rome's politicos were seeking portents.

In every election since...

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