Amid unprecedented economic and social chaos. Italy is preparing for an early general election that could mark a major turning point in modern European history. The collapse in late April of the wobbly Christian Democratic government of Premier Aldo Moro - Italy's 38th government since the end of World War II - has forced President Giovanni Leone to dissolve parliament and call a national election to break the political impasse. The election is to be held June 20 and 21 - a year ahead of schedule. The upcoming balloting could open the door for Communist Party participation in the next Italian government - a prospect which is sending shock waves throughout the Western alliance.
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