Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Monti vows not to stand, but minister says wait and see


(ANSA) - Rome, September 24 - Premier Mario Monti reiterated
Monday that he does not intend to stand for election when his
term as premier ends next year, but a senior member of his
government told Italians to wait and see.
Monti, who took the helm of an emergency administration of
non-politcal technocrats when the economic crisis forced Silvio
Berlusconi to resign as premier last November, has repeatedly
said he will not run to keep his current job in elections next
But there is support from some parts of the political
spectrum for another Monti government.
The former European commissioner's standing with the
Italian public has also held up despite him passing painful
austerity measures and structural economic reforms.
Monti said that, while the theory that "those who carry out
reforms do so for the good of the country but then lose the
(following) elections" was not true, this did not have
implications for how government "in any sense".
But Relations with Parliament Minister Piero Giarda was
less categorical.
"Monti's statements (on running next year) are well known,"
Giarda said.
"Most of the ministers in the current government do not
have specific commitments for the future. As they say in the
English-speaking world, wait and see".

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