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Monti tells Italy's centre left to silence anti-reformists

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Rome, January 3 - Outgoing Italian Premier Mario
Monti on Thursday called on the Democratic Party (PD) to silence
the anti-reform elements within its ranks and hinted that an
alliance with the centre-left party may be possible if next
month's general elections do not produce a clear winner.
"(PD leader Pier Luigi) Bersani should be brave and silence
the conservative part of his party a little," Monti, who has
been at the helm of an emergency technocrat government since
November 2011 and is standing to retain office on a reform
platform, told Rai television.
Monti said his government's attempts to introduce
structural economic reforms had been hampered by opposition from
Italy's biggest trade union confederation, the left-wing CGIL,
and from Stefano Fassina, the PD spokesman on economic affairs.
He also mentioned the left-wing SEL party, with which the
PD has formed an electoral alliance.
Monti suggested that he might be able to govern with the PD
after the elections if the centre-left party dropped its
coalition with the SEL.
"Cutting off the (extreme) wings is a good thing," Monti
said when asked about a possible post-election pact with
Bersani.
"The real contest is between those who want to conserve
existing structures and those who want to innovate a little
more".
The former European commissioner said a possible name for
his election platform could be Con Monti per l'Italia (With
Monti for Italy).
He added that he hoped Bersani will present convincing
arguments in election campaign but still lose.
Monti also hit back at Fassina's claim that he would be at
the helm of a list of elitist "Rotary Club" candidates.
"I don't know what the Monti list will be yet. Anyway I've
always fought against lobbies," Monti said. "I suggest Fassina
updates himself a little".

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