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Monti unveils election slogan, sets candidate rules

Published on Jan 5, 2013 6:19 AM
Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti poses before the taping of the talk show  Otto e mezzo (Eight and a half) at La7 television in Rome on Jan 4, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - Italy's outgoing prime minister Mario Monti on Friday unveiled the slogan of his centrist coalition for early elections in February and said there would be strict rules on eligibility for candidates.

The slogan "With Monti for Italy" accompanied by the colours of the Italian flag will be the symbol for a unified candidate list for the Senate and for a list for the Chamber of Deputies that will be in coalition with two small centrist parties.

"The criteria for eligibility for candidates will be stricter than under current legislation and will include conflict of interests, anti-mafia, past convictions and pending investigations," Mr Monti said.

He said there would also be limits on career politicians and many civil society representatives among the candidates in his coalition.

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