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Mixed reactions to possible second Monti term

Italy needs 'solid, reliable government' say employers

Mixed reactions to possible second Monti term

(ANSA) - Rome, September 28 - There were mixed reactions on Friday to the possibility of a second Mario Monti government after Italy's unelected technocrat premier said he would serve again ''under special circumstances''. ''A second Monti term is a possibility,'' said the president of the Italian industrial employers' association, Giorgio Squinzi. ''But above all Italy needs a solid, reliable government of credible people which has a political basis''. His opinion was shared by Pier Luigi Bersani, the leader of the centre-left Democratic Party. ''Monti is a resource for the country,'' Bersani told daily newspaper La Repubblica. ''But if he wants to continue without a political majority supporting him, I say to him that it's not possible. This is the basic point, everything else comes later''. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne had no reservations though. ''(A second Monti government) would be a step forward for the country. It would give credibility and eliminate much uncertainty,'' he said. Susanna Camusso, leader of Italy's largest trade union confederation CGIL, expressed a opposite view, saying a second Monti term ''would be a message of resignation, not a prospect for change''. ''The sensation is that of a country that is unable to create different political alternatives to overcome the crisis,'' she said. Antonio Di Pietro, the outspoken leader of the small anti-graft IdV party that opposes Monti's emergency government, had no hesitation in shooting down the hypothesis. ''In a democracy the idea that someone should want to govern the country without asking for authorisation from its citizens only exists in dictatorships or in countries where citizens are considered second-rate,'' he said. Monti took the helm of government last November when the financial crisis forced Silvio Berlusconi to resign as premier. His term as premier is set to end when Italy holds elections next spring.

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