Monti vows not to stand, but minister says wait and see

Former European commissioner's term ends next year

Monti vows not to stand, but minister says wait and see

(ANSA) - Rome, September 24 - Premier Mario Monti reiterated Monday that he does not intend to stand for election when his term as premier ends next year, but a senior member of his government told Italians to wait and see. Monti, who took the helm of an emergency administration of non-politcal technocrats when the economic crisis forced Silvio Berlusconi to resign as premier last November, has repeatedly said he will not run to keep his current job in elections next spring. But there is support from some parts of the political spectrum for another Monti government. The former European commissioner's standing with the Italian public has also held up despite him passing painful austerity measures and structural economic reforms. Monti said that, while the theory that "those who carry out reforms do so for the good of the country but then lose the (following) elections" was not true, this did not have implications for how government "in any sense". But Relations with Parliament Minister Piero Giarda was less categorical. "Monti's statements (on running next year) are well known," Giarda said. "Most of the ministers in the current government do not have specific commitments for the future. As they say in the English-speaking world, wait and see".

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