Italy: A Moderate Tendency

It was the first popular test for Italy's new center-left coalition government, which grew out of Premier Amintore Fan-fani's apertura a sinistra (opening to the left) last February. In a heavy turnout, 3,000,000 voters cast ballots in municipal and provincial elections. Result: a sharp defeat for political extremism, both right and left.

In Rome, a fleet of 200 sound trucks blared the strident propaganda of the neo-Fascist Movimento Sociale Italiano (M.S.I.), and in the air relays of planes zoomed over rooftops, trailing the names of M.S.I, candidates. The heirs of Mussolini reportedly spent more than $3,000,000 during the four-week campaign,...

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