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Monti's party wants broad coalition government


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Rome, March 20 - Outgoing Premier Mario Monti's
Civic Choice party said it was in favour of a broad coalition
government Wednesday after talks with President Giorgio
Napolitano on how to break Italy's post-election gridlock.
In a statement, the party added that the new government
should continue with the structural economic reforms and
policies of fiscal consolidation adopted by Monti's emergency
technocrat administration.
This administration came to power in November 2011 when
Silvio Berlusconi was forced to resign as premier with Italy's
debt crisis threatening to spiral out of control.
Monti's reform platform backed by centrist parties did less
well than expected in last month's inconclusive general
"Despite the evident difficulties of the parliamentary
balances... we think it is possible and obligatory to give
responses of governability to the public," read a statement.
It added that the "main political parties" willing to
continue on a pro-EU path and work to restore health to the
public finances and promote growth should assume their
The wording of the statement suggested Monti's party does
not envisage comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo's 5-Star
Movement, which holds the balance of power in parliament after
capturing a huge protest vote, being part of this coalition.

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