Monti Should Assume Background Role, Democrat’s Bersani Says

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti would be better off serving the country in a secondary role, rather than running in elections for another term, said Pier Luigi Bersani, head of Italy’s Democratic Party.

“We aren’t worried at all, we are are calm,” he said today at a conference in Rome about whether Monti will decide to run in elections that will be probably held in February. “We just hope that there are decisions taken and that we end this discussion.”

The center-left Democratic Party, which is one the parties backing Monti’s coalition government, led in the most recent opinion poll with the support of 30 percent of likely voters, according to the survey by ISPO Ricerche released on Dec. 12.

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