Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
NEW YORK

Monti says won't stand for election, Berlusconi has right to

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(ANSA) - New York, September 26 - Italian Premier Mario
Monti has reiterated that he does not intend to run to keep his
job in elections next year but said his predecessor Silvio
Berlusconi has every right to.
There have been calls from some quarters for Monti to stay
on to complete the reforms his emergency technocrat government
have passed to stop Italy slipping down the path of Greece
towards a possible default on its massive national debt.
Some experts doubt Italy's political parties will have the
courage to stick with unpopular measures deemed necessary to put
the country's economic house in order once in office.
Polls suggest Monti would muster more votes if he stood in
the elections than any of the main party leaders.
But Monti, who is in New York for the opening of the 67th
session the United Nations General Assembly, is hopeful the
country's political class will be up to the challenge.
"I will not run in the elections," Monti, who took over the
helm of government after Silvio Berlusconi resigned as premier
last November with Italy's debt crisis in danger of spiralling
out of control, told CNN.
"It's important for the political game to resumes in Italy,
hopefully with a higher degree of responsibility and maturity.
"I don't know if Berlusconi will run in the elections. He
would clearly have every right to. He has never left politics,
he left the premiership.
"I see him as one of the biggest supporters of my
government".
Berlusconi said he would not run again for office after
resigning last year but he has recently hinted he will stand for
a fourth term as Italian premier next spring.
Opposition politicians have said it would damage Italy's
credibility if he did stand, given the way his last government
collapsed and some recent comments critical of the European
Union and the new Fiscal Pact for tighter economic integration.
His People of Freedom (PdL) party has been hit by a
corruption scandal that caused its governor in Lazio, the region
around Rome, to quit this week.
On Tuesday Italian President Giorgio Napolitano described
this scandal and others that have recently hit various parts of
the country's political spectrum as "shameful".
The PdL, which is currently the biggest party in
parliament, is second in the polls at the moment, trailing the
centre-left Democratic Party by some distance.
Monti is set to address the UN General Assembly later on
Wednesday.

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