Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Monti tells Italy's parties not to cower from tough choices


Rome, October 30 - Premier Mario Monti on Tuesday
told Italy's politicians not to cower from making tough,
unpopular decisions when they start running the country again
after general elections next year.
Monti said the nation's parties should learn from the fact
this his unelected emergency government of non-political
technocrats enjoys relatively high approval ratings despite it
having passed unpopular austerity measures and painful
structural economic reforms.
"We have done unpleasant, disagreeable things for those who
suffered the consequences and for those who carried them out,"
the premier told a World Economic Forum event in Rome on
rebuilding Europe's competitiveness.
"And while people's perception of this cursed government is
not rosy, its level of approval is higher than that of the
parties," added Monti, who took over the helm of government
after the financial crisis forced Silvio Berlusconi to resign as
premier last year.
"There is an important message for the politicians who will
govern the country - don't think that you cannot adopt the right
policies because you will lose support".
Monti was speaking after the results of Sunday's regional
elections in Sicily, an important test for the parties ahead of
next year's national elections, suggested public disaffection
with the nation's political class is intensifying after a series
of corruption scandals.
Less than half of the island's eligible voters, 47%, used
the ballot box Sunday, compared to 66.68% in the 2008 regional
Furthermore, the anti-establishment Five Star movement of
comedian Beppe Grillo was the party that won most votes, 18.2%,
while Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party
took a pounding.
The PdL is in turmoil after suffering two big corruption
scandals in Lazio and Lombardy and party Secretary Angelino
Alfano on Monday distanced himself from Berlusconi's threat at
the weekend to bring down Monti's government.
Rosario Crocetta, who was backed by the main centre-left
Democratic Party and the centrist UDC, is set to be Sicily's
next governor after his ticket won 30.5% of the vote, although
this is not enough for a ruling majority and he will have to
find a coalition partner.

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