Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italy 'needs Monti' independently of election results

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Rome, January 4 - Italy will always need ''the
intelligence, prestige and ability of Mario Monti''
independently of the outcome of next month's general elections,
the leader of the small centrist Catholic party UDC Pier
Ferdinando Casini said on Friday.
On December 21 Monti tendered his resignation as leader of
a technocrat government brought in 13 months previously to shore
up the economy against a spiralling debt crisis.
He is now campaigning to remain in office on a reform
platform supported by the UDC and the Italia Futura political
movement founded by Ferrari Chairman and former industrial
employers' association Confindustria boss Luca Cordero di
Montezemolo.
Casini said the election competition was between Monti and
the leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) Pier Luigi
Bersani, who emerged victorious as the party's candidate for
premier following primaries in November.
''Let the best man win,'' he said, adding that Bersani will
only become prime minister if his party or coalition obtains a
clear majority in both houses of parliament.
Casini also noted that the centre-right People of Freedom
(PdL) founded by ex premier Silvio Berlusconi, the biggest party
in the outgoing parliament, is in a ''state of confusion (while)
Berlusconi has not even managed to unite people around
himself''.
After a string of financial scandals and amid Berlusconi's
trial for allegedly paying an underage prostitute for sex the
PdL is currently lagging the PD in opinion polls by about 15
points, abreast of comic Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment Five
Star Movement but at least five points ahead of Monti.

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