ITALY: New Dignity

After eleven hours of irrelevant oratory, climaxing 30 days of impassioned discussion, Italy's Constituent Assembly ratified the peace treaty, 262 deputies for and 68 against.

All other deputies (80) abstained. Abstention by the Communists got them out of their embarrassing spot as partners in debate of the Uomo Qualunque (Common Man) Party. It was also a fairly safe move because last week the radio to Moscow developed bad static, and neither Communists nor anybody else could discover what the Russian line was; Russia has not yet rejected the treaty.

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