Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Uruguay: freed Guantanamo detainees try to adjust to normal life

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Turkey: Inside the Alevi community

Read more

FOCUS

China: A tense Christmas in Wenzhou

Read more

DEBATE

Pope's Scathing Tidings: Pontiff Blasts 'Illnesses' at Vatican's Heart (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Pope's Scathing Tidings: Pontiff Blasts 'Illnesses' at Vatican's Heart

Read more

WEB NEWS

Gaza children draw what their future will look like

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Catholic cardinals get coal for Christmas from Pope Francis

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

François Hollande's Christmas wish list

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Embedded with the Islamic State Group

Read more

Europe

Monti to lead centrist coalition in Italian poll

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-12-29

Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti (photo) on Friday announced that he would head a new campaign coalition of centrists in February’s parliamentary elections. Monti resigned last week but remains as a caretaker.

Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Friday that he would lead a coalition of centrist parties who support his European and reform-minded agenda in the parliamentary election in just two months time.

The announcement clarifies Monti’s involvement in the upcoming vote, after he said on Sunday that he may be willing to seek a second term if a credible political force backed his reform agenda.

“The traditional left-right split has historic and symbolic value” for the country, but “it does not highlight the real alliance that Italy needs - one that focuses on Europe and reforms,” Monti said after a meeting with centrist politicians.

His allies include centrists, businessmen and pro-Vatican forces and their stated goal is to infuse ethics into Italian politics as well as renewed vigor for economic reforms.

Monti, whose status as Senator for life means he does not have to stand for election to parliament himself, said that the formation could win a “significant result” in the election, scheduled for February 24-25.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)
 

Date created : 2012-12-28

  • ITALY

    Monti rejects Berlusconi's offer to run in February vote

    Read more

  • ITALY

    Italian president dissolves parliament

    Read more

  • ITALY

    Monti resigns as Italy passes 2013 budget

    Read more

COMMENT(S)