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11 percent want Monti as Italian P.M.

Dec. 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

ROME, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Only 11 percent of Italian voters would like to see Prime Minister Mario Monti remain in office, the survey service SWG reported.

Monti's refusal to commit to running for office in upcoming elections, and former premier Silvio Berlusconi's announcement he will run for prime minster, put Italy on the minds of leaders of other European countries, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Friday.

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday he told Berlusconi, "There cannot be a return to the old policies of Italy because this would clearly put the stability of the Eurozone in danger."

French President Francois Hollande dismissed Berlusconi's chance of winning a fourth term as prime minister, saying, "There are no concrete prospects" to his victory.

The survey of Italian voters, released Friday, indicated 44 percent favored Monti continuing his public service as life senator, a title he assumed before taking assuming the position of prime minister in November when he was given the task of leading the country out of its fiscal dilemma.

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