ITALY: Hymn of Praise

Italy last week went into Round Two of its electoral contest (TIME, June11). The scene: poverty-stricken Sicily, which was electing a 90-member legislative assembly. There Reds scored even bigger gains in popular vote than in the municipal elections in Northern Italy two weeks before. The Communists, who rolled up a vote of 464,000 in 1948, gained 180,000. The Demo-Christians lost nearly 400,000. Because of Italy's new electoral law, which provides that any party with a plurality in a district automatically gets two-thirds of the seats for that district, the Demo-Christians managed to gain ten new seats. The new line-up in...

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