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No regrets on getting into politics says Monti

But 'depends on result' outgoing PM tells ANSA

No regrets on getting into politics says Monti

Rome, February 13 - Outgoing Premier Mario Monti said Wednesday he had no regrets about getting into politics when he stepped in at the height of the euro crisis 15 months ago. Speaking at an ANSA forum, Monti said he had been happy to accept the invitation from President Giorgio Napolitano to become a life Senator and take over from Silvio Berlusconi with Italy on the brink of a Greece-style crisis. "It was his choice, not mine," said the former European commissioner. As for his decision to run for premier at the head of a reformist coalition, criticised by Berlusconi, Monti said "up till now, I haven't regretted it (but) everything depends on the result". But he added that the move, which he has repeatedly said was against his nature, came at the cost of "great personal sacrifice". Monti is polling fourth for the February 24-25 vote but there has been some speculation he might find an arrangement with the poll-leading centre-left Democratic Party to ensure a ruling majority. But the caretaker premier again rejected this prospect Wednesday, telling ANSA the PD's leftist ally Nichi Vendola was incompatible with his agenda because of Vendola's opposition to hire-and-fire labour reforms and support for easing European Union budget limits.

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