Italian Politics and Elections

Archive Report

American Interest in Italian Elections

Italy's Election Campaign and Kennedy Visit

Attention of Americans will be directed toward Italy during the coming spring by two events: (1) The political campaign culminating in election of a new Chamber of Deputies at the end of April1 and (2) a state visit to Rome by President Kennedy at an unannounced date after the election. As no break in the leadership of Premier Amintore Fanfani is expected to result from the election, the Kennedy visit will no doubt offer opportunity for continuation on Italian soil of the “cordial and constructive conversations” carried on when Fanfani was in Washington in mid-January.

The joint communiqué issued at the conclusion of those conversations, Jan. 17, announced that the two leaders were agreed on creation ...

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