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August 10, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO and WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Now begins that deadest time of the year for Italy, sizzling doldrums when the Eternal City belongs to tourists and those few Romans unable to contrive summer escape. And next Thursday, a de facto shutdown of government and business becomes official, with a midsummer national holiday that will also--unofficially but universally--consume next Friday, and the next weekend, and as much beyond as schedule and conscience permits. In a country on vacation, people confer about the heat and the beach.
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January 17, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After two years of tumult that eroded confidence in national leadership, Italy turned toward a new and uncertain political future Sunday as President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro dissolved a scandal-tarred Parliament and a lame-duck government summoned voters to landmark elections. The March 27 vote will mark the end of a closely held political system that has ruled Italy in increasing prosperity and corruption since World War II.
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January 17, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After two years of tumult that eroded confidence in national leadership, Italy turned toward a new and uncertain political future Sunday as President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro dissolved a scandal-tarred Parliament and a lame-duck government summoned voters to landmark elections. The March 27 vote will mark the end of a closely held political system that has ruled Italy in increasing prosperity and corruption since World War II.
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August 5, 1993 | From Associated Press
Heeding the wishes of corruption-weary Italians for reforms, the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday approved the last step to make Parliament more directly elected by the people. By a vote of 287 to 78, with 153 abstentions, the lower house gave final passage to a reform making three-fourths of the seats in the upper house, the Senate, directly elected. The remaining seats will be filled under Italy's old system of proportional representation.
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August 5, 1993 | From Associated Press
Heeding the wishes of corruption-weary Italians for reforms, the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday approved the last step to make Parliament more directly elected by the people. By a vote of 287 to 78, with 153 abstentions, the lower house gave final passage to a reform making three-fourths of the seats in the upper house, the Senate, directly elected. The remaining seats will be filled under Italy's old system of proportional representation.
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August 10, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO and WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Now begins that deadest time of the year for Italy, sizzling doldrums when the Eternal City belongs to tourists and those few Romans unable to contrive summer escape. And next Thursday, a de facto shutdown of government and business becomes official, with a midsummer national holiday that will also--unofficially but universally--consume next Friday, and the next weekend, and as much beyond as schedule and conscience permits. In a country on vacation, people confer about the heat and the beach.
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