Courtesy Reuters

ITALY's last parliamentary elections on June 7, 1953, brought about an extremely involved situation. The law under which the elections were held provided for a premium allocation of seats to the coalition of parties polling in excess of 50 percent of the popular vote. In case no party or group of parties obtained an absolute majority, the allocation of seats was to be made-- and in effect was made--through a proportional system, with limited corrections in favor of the major parties at the expense of the minor ones.

As a matter of record, the democratic coalition formed by the Christian Democratic, Social Democratic,

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