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Monti says 'premature' to discuss alliance with PD

PD says would offer room for Monti once it wins national vote

09 January, 20:15
Monti says 'premature' to discuss alliance with PD (ANSA) - Rome, January 9 - It is "premature" to speak of alliances with the center-left Democratic Party (PD), outgoing Premier Mario Monti said Wednesday.

His comments came only hours after PD secretary Pier Luigi Bersani suggested his party would open its doors to Monti after, as it hopes, the PD wins next month's election.

"It seems premature to address this because I believe that we all have to take sides in the election campaign," Monti said in a radio interview.

Monti, who took over a government of technocrats amid a peak in the euro crisis in November 2011, has been trying to present himself as a centrist alternative to the center-left PD and the center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party in the February 24-25 election.