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Monti says political career ends next year

'2013 elections mark the end' says Italian premier

Monti says political career ends next year

(ANSA) - New York, September 12 - Italian Premier Mario Monti reiterated his plans Wednesday to leave office at the end of his term. "I have yet to reflect on the future. I'm very focused on guiding the country in these difficult months. But my political future will come to an end next spring with the elections," said Monti in an interview with the Washington Post. Pundits have speculated that the technocratic premier, brought in last November amid turmoil in the financial markets to replace Silvio Berlusconi, has been positioning himself to run at the end of his term, something the former economics professor and European commissioner flatly denies.

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