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 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.
April 2, 1987 |
Italian President Francesco Cossiga announced Wednesday that he has rejected the month-old resignation of Socialist Prime Minister Bettino Craxi and told him to seek a vote of confidence in Parliament. Cossiga's move appeared to be a last-ditch effort to head off early elections now scheduled for early 1988. On Tuesday, Communist politician Nilde Iotti, assigned to sound out leaders of political parties on ways to solve the crisis, finished her consultations.
June 27, 1986 |
Socialist Premier Bettino Craxi today submitted the resignation of Italy's longest-running government since the end of World War II, the presidential palace said. Craxi submitted the government's resignation to President Francesco Cossiga after a Cabinet meeting of the five-party coalition. Cossiga asked Craxi to remain on as a caretaker premier until a new government is formed. The political crisis arose Thursday night when the centrist coalition lost a series of key parliamentary votes.