Italian Election, 1968

Archive Report

Coming Election in Prosperous Italy

Influence of Economic Factors on the Voting

Italian voters are going to the polls May 19 and 20 to elect a new national Parliament. The 630 members of the Chamber of Deputies and the 315 members of the Senate to be chosen during the two days of balloting will succeed members of the Parliament elected in 1963; the old Parliament was dissolved on March 11, 1968. Premier Aldo Moro, leader of the Italian government during most of that period and head of the present caretaker government, is expected to form another middle-of-the-road coalition following the polling later this month. One observer has described the importance of the election in these terms:

If the Center-Left coalition, a radically new political orientation, wins by ...

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