ITALY: Split Decision

The moderate Christian Democrats, who have governed Italy since World War II, emerged again last week, in Italy's first national election in five years, as the country's strongest political force. But despite general prosperity, their twelve-year grip on office and their excellent, tight-knit political organization, the party failed once again to win a majority. A curious sort of apathy, which could hardly be dismissed as electoral indifference when 94% of those eligible voted (compared to the 50% average turnout at major U.S. elections), hung over the campaign. Perhaps the reason showed in Party Boss Amintore Fanfani's tepid victory cry:...

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