PROSPECTIVE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

Created: 12/14/1964

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I. THE SITUATION REMAINS VERY FLUID AS REGARDS THE CANDIDATE WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO (IE ELECTED TO SUCCEED PRESIDENT ANTONIO SEGNI, RECENTLY RESIGNED, AND NO ONE IS OSITION TO MAKE AN ACCURATE GUESS. GIUSEPPE SARAGAT, LEADER OF THE ITALIAN SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC PARTY, AND OTHERS HAVE STATED THAT FORMER PREMIER AM INTORE FANFANI IS THE STRONGEST CANDIDATE, AND IF HE WINS ITALIAN COMMUNIST PARTY SUPPORT, HE COULD VERY WELL BE ELFCTEO. IF FANFANI

IS ELECTED, THE EVENT WILL PROVOKE AN IMMEDIATE CRISIS IN THE GOVERNMENT; IT WILL FALL AND ELECTIONS WILL HAVE TO BE HELD. THIS COULD tfE VERY DANGEROUS IN THE LIGHT OF THE RESULTS OF THE RECENT ADM INIS-

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AMONG THE DOROTEI THERE ARE THREE POWERFUL POTENTIAL CANDIDATES: CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY SECRETARY MARIANO RUMOR; TREASURY MINISTER EMILIO COLOMBO; AND, MINISTER OF POST AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS. CARLO RUSSO. IT IS NOT YET CERTAIN WHETHER OR NOTE-TIME CLOSE FRIEND OF FANFANI1S, WILL THROW HIS SUPPORT TO FANFANI.

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