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Page 2-Tuesday, May 16, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Conservative upswing marks Italian elections

ROME, Italy (AP)-Italy's Christian
Democrats scored sweeping gains
yesterday in local elections, gathering
strength from a voter backlash to the
kidnap-murder of former Premier Aldo
Moro and other terror attacks by left-
wing extremists.
Reversing a move toward the left
registered in the 1976 national elections,
Italians gave the Christian Democrats
42.7 per cent of the vote while the Com-
munists slumped to 26.4 per cent-a
drop of more than 9 per cent from the
1976 results.
were being cast in more than 800
An auto company official was shot
and seriously wounded yesterday mor-
ning in Bologna by members of the Red
Brigades-the same group that killed
Moro, who also was president of the
Christian Democrat Party. The
-Bologna executive was the eighth vic-
tim of terrorist gunmen in 10 days.
Much of the forward surge by the
Christian Democrats came at the ex-
pense of the second-ranking Com-
munists, despite the Crmunists'
vehement condemnation of the Moro
murder and of terrorist actions.
THE COMMUNISTS, parliarmentary
partners with the ruling Christian
Democrats, backed the government in
its rejection of Red Brigades demands
that jailed terrorists be freed in ex-
change for Moro, whose bullet-riddled
body was found in an abandoned car in
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Rome last Tuesday. He was kidnapped
and his five bodyguards slain in an am-
bush March 16.
Polls opened Sunday and closed
yesterday afternoon in most of the 816
-small and medium-sized communities
in central Italy where 3.8 million per-
sons-10 per cent of the national
total-were eligible to vote. Higher
than expected turnouts were reported
in almost every precinct, 'with the
average put at88.6 per cent.
With all but 100 of the 4,430
precincts reporting, these were the
cent, Communists 26.4, Socialists 13.3,
Social Democrats 4.8, the neo-Fascist
Italian Social Movement 4.5, and
Republicans 3.2, with minor parties
getting the rest.
In comparison, the Christian
Democrats wons31.9 per cent in the
national elections in 1976 and 36.6 per
cent in the last local elections in 1974.
The Communists, who had been cutting
into the Christian Democrat
strongholds, received 35.6 per cent of
the votes in 1976 and 25.3 per cent in the
1974 local elections.
The Communists' strong showing in
1976 virtually forced the Christian
De ocratsato accept them in the
parliamentary engineered by Moro just
before his abduction.
A CHRISTIAN Democrat com-
munique hailed the elections results as
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a "great satisfaction" and "clear
response to terrorism."
Armando Cossutta, a Communist
Party official, said the Christian
Democrats made gains because of a
"profound wave of emotion" following
Moro's death and its parliamentary
agreement with the Communists.
Some analysts believe Moro's slaying
may accelerate a rightward drift
elsewhere in Europe. Italian
newspapers had speculated French

voters, who went to the polls three days
after Moro was kidnapped, may have
been influence by the attack. The Fren-
ch backed the ruling centrist alliance,
despite pre-election predictions of a
Socialist-Communisty victory.
In Bologna, a long-time Communist
stronghold, a self-proclaimed Red
Brigades squad shot Antonio Mazzotti,
48, personnel director for the Mejiarini
car body factory. He was reported in
serious condition with bullets in his
legs, stomach and chest.

Days numbered for
Edison bulb program
(Continuedfrm Page t)

Engergy consumption is indicated by
their most recent electric bill, and it is
required to exchange bulbs.
"It's paradoxical, some people have
abused it and some haven't," said Tom
Cloutier, another Edison worker at the
exchange counter. He said some people
with low bills want as many as 40 bulbs,
while others with high ($120 per month)
bills want only about ten bulbs.
However, he said the kilowatt consum-
ption, and not the dollar value of the bill
indicates the number of bulbs to which
each customer is entitled.
"A lot of little old ladies, who need it
most, asl for the least," added
"We're trying to smile, but it's hard
to see this thing go down the drain after

Edison will not be allowed to sell
those bulbs presently designated for the
free exchange program after the May
26 deadline. The local office received an
entire truckload of bulbs intended for
free exchange last Thursday. Paul
Duker, vice president of marketing and
customer relations at the Detroit office,
said those bulbs with Edison's name et-
ched on them would be prohibited from
becoming cash merchandise as
outlined in the court order. Duker said
if supplies were well-planned they
should only last until the 26th.
"We can't even indicate whether
they're better or worse than anyone
else's on the market," said Duker.
"We've looked at it (the exchange
program) asa positive way to talk with
customers, they will no longer have the

It's like the ci ycutting off a public drinking foun-
tain so someone can sell bottled water.
-Detroit Edison worker

7-11 p.m.

so many years, but that's what the
justice system did and we have to go
along with it," Ronald Masora, an
Edison employee, lamented.
ELECTRIC BILLS will be adjusted
as a result of the discontinuation of the
program, boo*se Edison customers
presently pay f&r it, but not nearly as
much as the market price.
However, the adjustment will be
slight because it costs the average
residential customer about 13 andone
half cents per month, or $1.62 per year,
to finance the exchange program, ac-
cording to Peg Furlong in Edison's
Detroit office.

opportunity to come to the office so
relations will probably suffer," Duker
pointed but.
In the meantime, Edison wokers ex-
changing the expired bulbs say they
planto be plenty busy.
In the Pacific states region, that -
includes Washington, Oregon,
California, Hawaii and Alaska,
trucks are often used for personal
transportation. Residents of rich
farmland states, such as Minnesota,
Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South
Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas
however, use the truck mainly as an
agricultural vehicle, says the Motor
Vehicle Manufacturers Association.

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