- Title: ITALY: STATEMENT BY NEWLY-APPOINTED PRIME MINISTER-DESIGNATE ALDD MORO.
- Date: 30th October 1974
- Summary: 1. GV PAN Moro arives at Quirinale Palace and walks towards microphone as cameraman looks on (2 shots) 0.11 2. MV ZOOM INTO SCU & CU Moro speaking in Italian (3 shots) 0.48 3. CU Palace guard 0.50 4. GV PAN Moro leaves 1.00 Initials BB/1827 EW/DW/BB/1852 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 14th November 1974 12:00
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Reuters ID: LVA2OCAL2CQHTA5MLPRWV9WYV4ST
- Story Text: After two days of intense political negotiations, acting-Foreign Minister Aldo Moro was appointed Italian Prime Minister-Designate in Rome on Tuesday (29 October). Signor Moro -- an influential member of the Christian Democrat Party -- has already headed three Italian administrations.
His task is to reconcile the differences between the Christian Democrats -- the largest party in the Italian Parliament -- and their prospective coalition partners ... the Socialists, the Social Democrats and the Republicans.
Italy has been without a government since 3 October, when the existing coalition broke up after the Socialists and the Social Democrats disagreed over the extent of Influence wielded by the country's powerful Communist Party.
The Centre-Left formula, which has dominated Italian politics for ten years, is seen as the most viable solution. But the Social Democrats have called for fresh elections. The other parties see the move as fruitless -- for the political balance would be little changed. They feel it would also create a political vacuum at a time when Italy faces its gravest economic crisis since the Second World War.
Signor Moro commands considerable respect both inside the Christian Democrat Party and among other leading politicians. But it will take all his skill to form Italy's 37th post-Fascist administration ... For the rift between the Socialists and the Social Democrats has widened in the past few days.
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