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Bersani says better if Monti does not run for election

Leader of Italian centre left sees Monti as helping the State

10 December, 16:30
Bersani says better if Monti does not run for election (ANSA) - Piacenza, December 10 - The leader of Italy's centre left, Pier Luigi Bersani, said on Monday that outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti should not run in the upcoming general election.

"I have always said that Mario Monti must be useful for the country, and for this reason it would be better if he remained out of the contest," Bersani declared. Bersani was re-elected eight days ago as secretary of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and is running for premier himself. Mario Monti announced his imminent resignation as head of Italy's technical government after the centre-right People of Freedom Party (PdL) withdrew its support in a parliamentary vote last week and the PdL's founder, ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, confirmed over the weekend he would run again for top office.

"We have loyally supported this transitional operation which the (political) right has scarred in the last weeks. In the future I believe that there will be the possibility to have a rapport with Monti in the name of Italy. It would be easier if Monti remained outside the electoral contest. (However) each person can make their own assessment with serenity. I have no intention of inhibiting their choices," Bersani said.