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Monti 'worried', had 'no choice' but to announce resignation

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Rome, December 10 - Premier Mario Monti has said he
is worried about Italy's plight but had no alternative to
announcing he would quit after Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party withdrew its support from his government.
"I'm convinced I did the right thing," former European
commissioner Monti, who said on Saturday that he would resign
once the 2013 budget law is approved, told La Repubblica.
"I could not do otherwise after what happened. I didn't
feel a majority around me that, even with some reservations and
maybe resentment, was capable of supporting the political
position and programme we had agreed on.
"I couldn't do otherwise. It would not have been right or
possible.
"But naturally I'm worried, not for myself, but for what I
see".
Monti came to power at the helm of an administration of
unelected technocrats a year ago when Berlusconi was forced to
quit as premier with Italy's debt crisis threatening to spiral
out of control.
He has passed austerity measures that reassured investors
Italy was putting its financial house in order but which also
deepened the recession the country slipped into last year.
The PdL helped pass those measures and a series of
structural economic reforms, along with the other mainstream
parties in parliament, the centre-left Democratic Party and the
centrist UDC.
But on Friday PdL Secretary Angelino Alfano said he
considered Monti's government finished after the party rebelled
by failing to back the administration in two confidence votes on
Thursday.
At the weekend, Berlusconi blasted the record of Monti's
government as he confirmed he had dropped plans to resign from
front-line politics and would stand for a fourth term as premier
in national elections that are now expected to take place in
February.
"We have stood by our commitments, but there is not one
single economic indicator that is positive," Berlusconi said
Sunday.
Monti stressed, however, that the PdL was not the only
source of concern for him.
"If I were to candidly express my feelings today, I'd say
I'm very worried," he said.
"And I don't refer only to the part of the political world
that caused this epilogue with my resignation. My concern is
more general".
The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) is favourite to win
the elections with polls saying that around 30% of people intend
to vote for it.
The PD has committed itself to continuing with Monti's line
of rigour in handling the public finances, but some have
expressed doubts about whether it will be able to do so,
especially if it does not win a strong majority in parliament.
The second biggest group in the polls is comedian Beppe
Grillo's anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which is against
the existing party system and wants a referendum over whether to
keep the euro as Italy's currency.
The PdL, the biggest party in parliament at the moment, has
slipped to third in the polls after being hit by internal
divisions and by big corruption scandals in Lazio and Lombardy.

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