Italy: Factions Feud

Fanfani is asked to step in

Political crisis is as familiar to Italians as pasta, as regular as a strike, but the latest parliamentary high-wire act in Rome had even seasoned observers worried. His fragile five-party coalition government riven by infighting over economic policy, Prime Minister Giovanni Spadolini had to try twice earlier this month before his resignation was accepted by an irritated President Sandro Pertini. In the resulting political vacuum, Pertini last week acted quickly, foregoing the usual ritual of extensive political consultations. Within 48 hours, he had made up his...

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