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Italy's centre-left 'very ready' to work with Monti


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Berlin, February 5 - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi
Bersani on Tuesday said he would be willing to work with
outgoing Premier Mario Monti after this month's general
Bersani's alliance is in front in the opinion polls with
over a third of Italians expected to vote for it, but ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition has been gaining
ground in recent weeks.
The centre left, led by Bersani's Democratic Party (PD), is
still favourite to win the election, but it may not have a
working majority in parliament.
This has led to speculation that Bersani could make a
post-election pact with former European commissioner Monti, who
took the helm of an emergency government in November 2011 and is
standing for office on a reform platform backed by several
centrist parties.
"We are very ready to cooperate with all the forces that
are against the Northern League, against Berlusconi, against
populism," Bersani said in Berlin.
"And therefore certainly with professor Monti," he added,
stressing that the PD had wanted and supported Monti's
administration of unelected technocrats.
The hypothesis of working with Monti could be problematic
because the PD is allied with the left-wing SEL party, which was
staunchly opposed to Monti's government.
Monti, whose ticket was fourth in a poll released Tuesday,
has repeatedly said the PD's ties with SEL will make it
difficult for the centre left to govern effectively if it wins
the election.
Both SEL leader Nichi Vendola, the governor of Puglia, and
the outgoing premier have said they would not be in the same
government together.

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