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Monti distances self from centre left

'I have nothing in common with this coalition' says premier

Monti distances self from centre left

Rome, February 18 - Outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti declared and repeated that he had nothing in common with the current centre-left coalition on Monday. "I do not and will not have anything in common with this left coalition," Monti told Channel 7 television. Monti is currently running with a centrist coalition for parliament, but speculation, fueled also by centre-right coalition leader Silvio Berlusconi, has made many wonder whether Monti would ally with the centre left for a ruling majority after the February 24-25 elections. Monti has said he is open to working with Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani, but has repeatedly distanced himself from Nichi Vendola, the governor of Puglia and leader of the left-wing SEL party, who has prompted Monti to call the PD-SEL coalition as "left" rather than "centre-left".

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