Italy: The Snipers of Rome

In Italian politics, Deputies who vote against their own party under the cover of a secret ballot are called snipers —i franchi tiratori. Last week, on an innocuous school-aid bill, the snipers struck. Near midnight, in an emptying chamber, they routed the Center-Left coalition government of Premier Aldo Moro by a vote of 250 to 221. Next day Moro submitted his resignation to President Giuseppe Saragat, who, after conferring with other Italian political leaders, is likely to invite Moro back to start all over again.

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