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Monti set to declare intentions as Italy election race begins

Published on Dec 23, 2012 9:38 AM
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Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti adjusts his tie during a joint news conference with Austria's Chancellor Werner Faymann at Chigi Palace in Rome, in this October 24, 2012 file picture. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (REUTERS) - Italy's caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti is expected to end weeks of speculation about his political future on Sunday when he reveals the role he plans to play in February's national election.

The former European commissioner, appointed to lead an unelected government to save Italy from financial crisis a year ago, has faced calls to seek a second term at the election on Feb 24-25, but his doubts appear to be growing.

Mr Monti, aware of both the potential risks as well as the opportunities of running in what is likely to be a bitter and messy campaign, will hold a news conference at 1000 GMT (8pm, Singapore time).

He could either announce his candidacy directly, endorse a centrist alliance to run in his name, or simply set out a policy agenda in the hope that one or more of the coalitions running in the election will adopt it as their own.

 
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