Monti attended EPP summit to 'explain resignation'

Move fuelled speculation premier could run for election

Monti attended EPP summit to 'explain resignation'

Brussels, November 13 - Premier Mario Monti said Thursday that he made a surprise appearance at the European Popular Party (EPP) summit on Brussels to give an outline of Italy's political situation after he announced at the weekend he would resign when the 2013 budget law is approved. Monti is not a member of a political party that belongs to the EPP and his presence fuelled speculation he may run for premier at upcoming general elections in Italy at the helm of a coalition of centrist parties. "I came here to explain the Italian political situation," Monti said between the EPP summit and the European Council meeting. "I recalled what the situation was when I started (as premier), the things that have been done and the conditions that determined my decision". The former European commissioner announced he would step down after Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party withdrew its support for his emergency technocrat government last week. He stressed, however, that this did not mean Italy would be rudderless until the elections, which are expected to take place mid-to-late February. "I reminded the EPP that the government remains in power for current business," he said.

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