Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
DOHA

Monti backtracks after casting doubt on future governments

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Doha, November 19 - Premier Mario Monti moved to
take the sting out of some controversial comments he made about
Italy's future political situation on Monday, when he said the
governments that succeed his emergency administration will do
even better.
Monti, who is on a visit to the Persian Gulf, came under
fire from several politicians on Sunday after he said in Kuwait
that he "could not guarantee" the reliability of future Italian
governments.
But the former European commissioner said Monday that he
was confident future governments would build on the work of his
administration of unelected technocrats, which has passed
painful austerity measures and structural economic reforms to
steer Italy away from the centre of the eurozone crisis.
"Whatever happens in Italian politics, I think there will
be responsible governments that will do even better in making it
possible for the Italian economy to progress," Monti, whose term
as premier is set to end next spring, said in Doha.
"Even after the vote, I'm sure that the governments that
will come after (mine) will work to restore health to the public
finances and pass reforms".
The furore exploded amid considerable uncertainty about
Italy's political situation, with the parties set to resume
power after elections next spring.
Some commentators doubt that a clear winner will emerge
from the elections and, if it does, whether the political
leaders will have the stomach for the sort of unpopular measures
economists view as necessary to end Italy's economic troubles.
The main centre-left Democratic Party is ahead in the polls
but it looks set to form an alliance with the left-wing SEL
party, which has been staunchly opposed to Monti's government
since it came to power after the financial crisis forced Silvio
Berlusconi to resign as premier last year.
Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party is
having trouble with internal divisions and it has dropped to
third in the polls after the party was badly hit by a string of
corruption scandals.
It has been overtaken in the polls by comedian Beppe
Grillo's Five Star movement, which is against the current party
system and wants Italy to hold a referendum on pulling out of
the euro.
As a result, many figures at the centre of Italy's
political spectrum are calling for a second Monti
administration, this time featuring members of political
parties.
Monti has said he will not stand at next year's elections
but has indicated he would be willing to stay on if there is no
clear winner and the parties ask him to form another government.

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