November 1, 1989 |
The dominant Christian Democrats held their own in Rome's city council elections, seen as a test for Italy's national coalition. Despite a corruption scandal that tainted the party's outgoing mayor, final results of the two-day elections ending Monday gave the Christian Democrats nearly 32% of the vote, slightly less than in 1985. The council is likely to be ruled by the same outgoing coalition, in which the other parties are the Socialists, Republicans, Liberals and Social Democrats.
February 23, 1989
Italian Prime Minister Ciriaco De Mita lost the leadership of the Christian Democratic Party in a vote at the end of a five-day party congress. Arnaldo Forlani, who took 84% of the delegate votes, will replace De Mita. The prime minister had strongly opposed Forlani, a former prime minister who led the party 16 years ago. The vote marked a return to a more traditional leadership of the party. DeMita is considered part of the party's left wing, and Forlani is a moderate.
February 22, 1989 |
Against a backdrop of lofty rhetoric and savage infighting, Italy's largest political party is in the throes of a leadership change that could mean an early death for the coalition government led by Prime Minister Ciriaco De Mita. Delegates to a congress of the Christian Democratic Party, which has been Italy's party of government for four decades, will vote today to replace De Mita as party secretary and leader.
June 16, 1987 |
The Italian Communist Party suffered a surprising defeat while the dominant Christian Democrats and the pivotal Socialists scored gains in parliamentary elections Monday. But feuding between the two victorious parties is expected to delay formation of a stable coalition government for weeks or even months.
June 13, 1987 |
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.