Independent from Long Beach, California on March 18, 1976 · Page 12
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 12

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, March 18, 1976
Page 12
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A-i2--INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) un» a»cn, cam., TKIK., mrch u. m Italian premier grants role to Communists By EDWARD MAGIU HOME (AP) - With the I t a l i a n l i r a crumbling rapidly, P r e m i e r Aldo Moro Wednesday n i g h t granted the Communists a formal consultative role at emergency meetings with political party leaders on how to save the currency and the economy from cot- lapse. Political observers said Moro's 90-minute talk with C o m m u n i s t Secretary- General Enrico Berlinguer was the f i r s t t i m e a Communist l e a d e r h a d b e e n formally consulted on emergency d e c r e e s since the Communists were ousted from national unity governments in 1947. After the meeting, Moro summoned his cabinet to an u r g e n t session t h a t lasted until after midnight and decreed austerity measures including a 14 per cent gas lax on lop of the 10 per cent price hike ··effective Saturday. The '.· price of high-test is now '·· r . Sl.G9a gallon. ° MORO ALSO raised the · interest rate on loans from ' 8 to 12 per cent and the | sales tax on cars from 12 ' to 18 per cent for small · models and from 30 to 35 per cenl for large ones. E m e r g i n g f r o m h i s m e e t i n g w i t h M o r o , Berlinguer said his parly . views as "positive" a sug- , gestion by the leader of t h e s m a l l R e p u b l i c a n Party, Ugo la Malfa, that crisis-beset Italy he ruled by n government of na- t i o n a l emergency including the Communists. "\Ve arc awaiting devel- o p m e n t s , " B e r l i n g u e r said. The Moro-Borlinguer meeting seemed a major v i c t o r y for the Italian C o m m u n i s t s , w h o a r e striving for a share in ruling. Until late in the after- n o o n , M o r o ' s Christian , Democrats had insisted the Communists would not be a m o n g p a r t i e s s u m - moned by Moro. Socialist l e a d e r F r a n - cesco de Martino urged Moro not to exclude (he tioning some consumer goods, cutting high wages and free/ing those in the middle bracket. He also called for the ouster of Treasury Minister Emilio Colombo as another condition. The issue of whether or not to take the Communists into the government will dominate a four-day parly gathering the Christ i a n D e m o c r a t s w e r e scheduled to open here today. M o r o ' s g o v e r n i n g capacity Is also impaired by an abortion controversy. Christian Democrat l e a d - ers are divided over Vatican insistence that they go all the way in obstructing a bill to legalize abortion in Italy. Many in Moro's party say they cannot risk bogging parliament down over the abortion issue in the midst of an economic malaise. For some 15 years the Lazio region had been run by a center-left coalition of Socialists, Democratic Socialists and Christian Democrats. But the coalition collapsed two months ago o v e r S o c i a l i s t demands for a greater say for Communists. The new Lazio government will be formed in a few days, with most posts going to the Communists. Lazio is the seventh out of 20 regions in Italy, to come u n d e r an all-leftist coali- t i o n . It g i v e s the Communists and Socialists a solid power spread from the Alps to the Adriatic to the Roman coast on the Thyrrenian. The coalition will command 30 out of 60 seats in the regional assembly and is guaranteed the backing of two independent members. All major Italian cities except R o m e h a v e C o m m u n i s t - S o c i a l i s t municipal governments. For Rome, it seems only a matter of lime. The Italian capital is c u r r e n t l y u n d e r a Christ! an-Democrat-Socialist c i t y government. B u t municipal elections are due to be held before summer. In regional elections l a s l J u n e t h e Communists t u r n e d o u t the biggest vote in Rome, with some 38 per cent of the votes. U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon, during a visit to Rome last week, pledged U.S. support to Italy "in her h o u r of need," but suggested that Washington m i g h t withhold aid if Communists entered the national government. He said that, if Communists entered the government, the United States would "reassess our rela- lionship in many areas," which business observers interpreted as encompassing financial assistance. PREMIER ALDO MORO Battling Crisis ' Communist P a r l y , largest in the West. the 20% OFF Misses' tank tops Reg. 4.99. Easycare polyester/cotton in pink and mint coordinate with shorts. S.M.L. SAVE 25% Misses' short shorts 20% OFF Misses' sleeveless tops OFF Men's Western Jackets Reg. 3.99. Machine wash polyester/cotton. In pink and mint. Sizes5/6 \ ,.* to 15/16: Limited quantities. Reg. 5.44. Striped and sleeveless and easycare too. 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