NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 11, 1976
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(Studio) Italian parliament wins vote of confidence because of Communist party cooperation, showing power Communists have in country
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Rome, Italy) Citizens hardly noticed as Communists get foot in door of ntl. pols. after 30 years of bitter fighting. In vote of confidence for minority Christian Democratic party government, headed by Premier Giulio Andreotti, Communists abstained in House of Deputies. In return, they'll apparently be consulted on issues and take part in solutions to Italy's economy problems. Communists positions in parliament noted and Communist leader Enrico Berlinguer says no legislature can go through without his party's backing and this is 1st step toward equal share in government Move makes clear 2 ptys. will have to cooperate to make government work and clarifies position of Communists in Italian government to dismay of West politicians.
REPORTER: David Burrington
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