Italy: Off & Running

For Italy's 243 elected Senators and 596 Deputies, all roads led out of Rome last week. Getting the jump on the presidential decree formally dissolving Parliament, the politicians scurried home to start campaigning in the first general election in five years.

If the April 28-29 election were only a personal popularity contest, short (5 ft. 1 in.), mustachioed Premier Amintore Fanfani, 55, might find himself out of a job. Fanfani is shrewd, not simpatico; behind his back, critics call him and his aides i bassotti (the dachshunds). More than Fanfani's looks and cold political style are against him....

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