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Monti denies opening up to left-wing SEL

Outgoing premier talks to ANSA about post-election scenarios

Monti denies opening up to left-wing SEL

(see related stories) Rome, February 13 - Outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti on Wednesday denied having dropped reservations about being in government with the left-wing SEL party of Puglia Governor Nichi Vendola. "There has not been any type of opening on my part with Vendola," Monti, who is standing on a reform ticket for the February 24-25 election that is backed by centrist parties, told ANSA. SEL is allied with the main centre-left Democratic Party and the coalition was in front in the polls before a pre-election blackout of opinion surveys kicked in last week. However, many pundits say that the centre left may need Monti's support to have a working majority in parliament even if it comes top in the election. photo: Outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti with ANSA Editor-in-Chief Luigi Contu.

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