ROME — Campaigning for the general election ended Friday night, and the dominant Christian Democrats appealed for support by warning of a possible leftist victory led by the Communists, Italy's second-largest party.
"Never before has a leftist alternative been so close," Christian Democrat leader Ciriaco De Mita said.
He said that the voting on Sunday and Monday could result in a "majority of the left"--a government excluding Christian Democrats for the first time since World War II.
De Mita's party has led most of postwar Italy's dozens of governments, and the Communists have not been included in any of them.
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Many analysts say that the campaign has generated little interest.
President Francesco Cossiga called elections a year early because of a political crisis that dragged on for two months, without apparent solution, after Socialist Prime Minister Bettino Craxi resigned. Craxi had served more than 3 1/2 years, a postwar record, and quit in a dispute with the Christian Democrats, the largest party in his coalition, over his refusal to give them the premiership.