Monti cannot run in political elections says Napolitano

But can be asked for 'contribution', president says

Monti cannot run in political elections says Napolitano

Paris, November 22 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday said Premier Mario Monti could not stand for parliamentary election for purely technical reasons but that he would be open to receiving whoever wanted to ask for his contribution after upcoming polls. ''A life Senator cannot run for parliamentary election because he is already a member of parliament,'' said the head of State. Napolitano appointed Monti as a life Senator in November 2011, shortly before inviting him to form an emergency government of technocrats to replace Silvio Berlusconi amid the country's worsening euro crisis. ''He can't be a candidate of any party,'' he continued, replying indirectly to all those who have called for or opposed the technocrat leader's possible candidacy for a second term in office. ''This is no small detail that is sometimes overlooked''. However Napolitano added that, as a life Senator, Monti has an office ''where he will be able to receive whoever wants to ask his opinion or request his contribution or commitment'' after the elections. The Monti government is due to end its mandate with the end of the current parliament next spring. The premier has said repeatedly that he is not interested in serving another term, but he has long been under pressure to make some kind of contribution to guarantee continuity with the present government amid growing nervousness about the country's political future.

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