Italy's Monti to lead centrist coalition in February polls

AFP
AFP
Italy's caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti, pictured on December 23, 2012

Italy's caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti, pictured on December 23, 2012, told an impromptu news conference Friday that he will contest February elections at the head of a centrist coalition expected to counter a comeback by conservative former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Italy's caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti told an impromptu news conference Friday that he will contest February elections at the head of a centrist coalition expected to counter a comeback by conservative former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

"I agree to assume the role of head of the coalition, and I will commit myself to guaranteeing the success of this operation," Monti said after meeting for four hours with representatives of centrist groups and civic organisations.

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