Percy Winner
March 1953
New Republic;3/9/53, Vol. 128 Issue 10, p9
The article presents information about the new electoral law for national election in June in Italy. By the new law, the group of parties, which wins a bare majority of 50-1 percent of the votes in the June election, will get 65 percent of the seats in the Chamber of Deputies. Not only the Communists and the neo-Fascists but also some of Democratic Socialists and even members of the present government coalition condemned the law as parliamentary gerrymandering. They said Italian Premier Alcide de Gasperi was at last taking the road toward becoming an Italian Salazar. In practices whatever may be the political morality of the law, it will permit de Gasperi to win the election before the Italian voters go to the polls.


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