Five-party coalition in sight for Italy

Prime Minister-designate Giovanni Spadolini, seeking to form a coalition government, held talks with buoyant Socialist Party leaders. The Socialists, Italy's third-largest party, scored big gains in local elections, and sources said they would push for strong representation in the cabinet. Socialist Secretary Bettino Craxi said after meeting Mr. Spadolini, a Republican, that progress toward forming a five-party centrist coalition was accelerating.

The local polls saw the Communists hold their big-city power bases with increased margins, but lose votes in Sicily and the south. The dominant Christian Democrats fared worst, dropping about four percentage points compared with the 1979 elections. The Socialists increased to an average 13.5 percent in the elections, over four points higher than in 1979 and a large increase by Italian political standards.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK