OVER THE HORIZON
Italy: Early Polls Show Left Leading In March Elections
campaigning in full swing foe Italian parliamentary electionsarch, polls show ihe Democranc Parry of the Left (PDS. the former Communists) hasoercent of voter support. The PDS hopes the unveilingoint program in mid-February for its "Progressive Alliance" will cement its support from other leftist parties, with whom the PDS claimsoercent of the electorate, according to the polls.
Determining true party strengthdifficult, however,remain undecidedincluding theDemocratsfully regrouped from thecorruption scandals
"alliances" are being struck.
dally, bul most are unlikely
survive unci voting day. small
parties arc attaching heavy condidons to their cooperation, and largerthepapering over internal divisions. The entry this week of media magnate Silvio Berlusconi into the poliucal fray on the center-right will also pose an unwelcome challenge to the populist Northern League, Mario Segrti's reformist group, and the two DC successorfurther delay the center's efforts to organize against the left. Rices will sharpen, however, after the mid-February deadline for party registration of candidates for newly created single-member districts, when voters can finally determine their choices.!
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