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Future Italian govts will do 'even better', says Monti

Premier stirred controversy with 'no guarantees' comment

Future Italian govts will do 'even better', says Monti

Doha, November 19 - Premier Mario Monti moved to take the sting out of some controversial comments he made about Italy's future political situation on Monday, when he said the governments that succeed his emergency administration will do even better. Monti, who is on a visit to the Persian Gulf, came under fire from several politicians on Sunday after he said in Kuwait that he "could not guarantee" the reliability of future Italian governments. But the former European commissioner said Monday that he was confident future governments would build on the work his administration of unelected technocrats, which has passed painful austerity measures and structural economic reforms to steer Italy away from the centre of the eurozone crisis. "Whatever happens in Italian politics, I think there will be responsible governments that will do even better in making it possible for the Italian economy to progress," Monti, whose term as premier is set to end next spring, said in Doha. "Even after the vote, I'm sure that the governments that will come after (mine) will work to restore health to the public finances and pass reforms".

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