ITALY: Toward an Election to Test the Nerves

There was apprehension but not much suspense last week as a weary Premier Aldo Moro opened a two-day Chamber of Deputies debate over the economic policy of his minority Christian Democratic government. The debate, leading toward a showdown vote of confidence, was to some extent a preplanned move to end a long-smoldering political crisis by killing off Moro's crippled one-party government. Battered by economic distresses, bribe scandals, and a spreading fight over legalized abortion, the 75-day-old government was moribund; even friendly opponents refused to vote for its survival and other politicians...

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