Dec 282012
 

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Mario Monti, Italy’s technocrat prime minister, ended the uncertainty over his political intentions on Friday night by formally announcing that he would lead a coalition of centrist forces into elections early next year.

Mr Monti’s declaration followed an intense week of political manoeuvring barely interrupted by Christmas festivities, with Italy’s mainstream parties on the left and right fearing they are set to lose a considerable middle ground of votes to the prime minister’s centrist alliance in February’s elections. Monti to lead centrist group into election – FT.com.