(ANSA) – Rome, December 28 – Mario Monti, who tendered his resignation from his post of Italian prime minister last Friday, held a meeting Friday with political allies in Rome. The caretaker premier met with centrist Catholic UDC party leader Pier Ferdinando Casini, representatives of the Italia Futura political movement, and Andrea Riccardi, a minister in the technocrat emergency government formed by Monti in November 2011 in an effort to save Italy from a Greece-style debt crisis. Monti quit last week after 13 months at the helm of the eurozone's third-largest economy. Following his resignation he announced he would back parties that intended to pursue his reforms platform at the upcoming February general elections, spurring support from groupings like the UDC party and Italia Futura, which was founded by Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. Monti is expected to lend his name to the centrist ticket but he has not yet said if he will stand as premier. Pundits say its chances of becoming a pivotal force would be strengthened if he does.
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