March 3, 1987 |
Premier Bettino Craxi announced his resignation today and that of his five-party coalition Cabinet, Italy's 45th government and at 3 1/2 years the longest lived since World War II. Craxi was the nation's first Socialist postwar premier. In a nationally televised speech to the Senate, Craxi, 53, said he would submit the resignation immediately to President Francesco Cossiga.
April 21, 1989 |
Lech Walesa, leader of Solidarity and champion of Poland's new political course, told Italian political leaders today that his country needs investment, rather than aid. "Poland has all the figures to be part of of Europe, but it needs investments, more than aid--investments to create companies and a market," the Polish labor leader told Premier Ciriaco De Mita. In a 35-minute meeting with the premier, Walesa said Solidarity intends to fight economic centralism and work for political, economic and social pluralism.
July 5, 1985 |
Newly installed Italian President Francesco Cossiga on Thursday rejected the traditional resignation offer submitted by Socialist Prime Minister Bettino Craxi, who heads a five-party coalition. Cossiga, a Christian Democrat, met briefly with Craxi at the Quirinale Palace and then issued a statement saying the Cabinet should stay on. It is traditional in Italy for the prime minister to offer his resignation after a new president is installed.
November 21, 1987 |
Italian Prime Minister Giovanni Goria on Friday presented his resurrected government for a confidence vote, saying the coalition was strengthened by the way it survived the week's political crisis. "The solidarity of the forces which support the government has increased," Christian Democrat Goria said in a speech at the start of a confidence debate in the Senate (upper house).
May 2, 1987 |
President Reagan will cancel a state visit to Italy in June because of the Italian political crisis but still intends to travel to the country then, Administration sources said Friday. The decision was made this week as Italian President Francesco Cossiga dissolved the Parliament and called national elections for June 14, four days after the scheduled economic summit of leading western industrial nations in Venice.
October 31, 1985 |
Italy's president used a rarely invoked constitutional procedure today to revive Premier Bettino Craxi's coalition government, which fell over its handling of the Achille Lauro hijacking. President Francesco Cossiga, during a half-hour meeting with Craxi, rejected the Socialist leader's 2-week-old resignation and told him to seek a vote of confidence for the coalition in Parliament.
December 20, 1990 |
The newly elected Parliament of a united Germany convened for the first time today and began the challenging task of forging a common future for two distinct societies. The 662 members of the Bundestag, the policy-making lower house, held their inaugural session in Berlin's Reichstag building, the historic seat of German legislatures. Lawmakers, however, will return to the seat of government in Bonn for subsequent meetings.
November 19, 1987 |
Giovanni Goria, who resigned as Italy's prime minister last Saturday, told the president Wednesday night that he has succeeded in reviving the same five-party coalition, a presidential spokesman said. As a result, President Francesco Cossiga rejected the resignation and asked him to obtain a confidence vote in Parliament, spokesman Sergio Berlinguer said.
November 27, 1988 |
Libya's unofficial second in command, trying to help his country break out of isolation, Saturday met with Pope John Paul II, who said he includes Col. Moammar Kadafi in his daily prayers. "Every day, I pray for Libya, specifically for President Kadafi," said the pontiff, standing beside Maj. Abdel-Salam Jalloud after they emerged from their 30-minute private meeting. "I bless the Libyan people," John Paul added as he left.
April 11, 1987 |
Italy's President Francesco Cossiga on Friday asked Interior Minister Oscar Luigi Scalfaro to form a government to replace Bettino Craxi's five-party coalition which collapsed in political feuding. Scalfaro, a 68-year-old Christian Democrat, said he will begin consultations today aimed at fashioning a coalition with the same parties as Craxi's Socialist-led government.