NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 30, 1976
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(Studio) Italian Premier Aldo Moro resigns, making 38th time the government has collapsed since the Fascist regime. June national elections probable. Communist party will probably demand cabinet seats and leading role in government
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Rome, Italy) Most Western statesmen dread idea of Communists in government Stk. prices collapsed due to fear of Communist participation. Lira lost 30% of value and vast amts. capital fled country Some argue that only the Communists can save economy Communists won vote nearly as large as Christian Democrats in last year's regional elections. Recent poll shows that 50% fear Communists won t give up power once they get it. 40% feel time is right for Communists Enrico Berlinguer and his party are independent from Moscow and say they stand for democrat and full civil liberties. There will have to he drastic econ. reforms no matter who is in power.
REPORTER: David Burrington