ITALY: Belated Best Man

Before they finally chose Giovanni Leone, 63. as President of Italy last week, the nation's "grand electors" had seemed intent upon proving themselves incapable of dealing with politics either simply or logically. As the curious and unseemly squabble over who should get Italy's highest political office dragged on inconclusively for a record 16 days and 23 ballots, one vote was cast for Alighiero Noschese, a television comedian who does a splendid impersonation of Richard Nixon. On another ballot, one elector absentmindedly dropped a love letter into the green wicker voting urn....

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