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Italy can overcome crisis, says Monti

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Italy can overcome crisis, says Monti


Italy’s prime minister-in-waiting Mario Monti says his country can overcome its current crisis as he prepares to present his government to the Italian president on Wednesday.

The 68-year-old said: “Of course respecting the president of the republic I cannot anticipate what I am going to tell him. But I want already now to confirm my absolute serenity and confidence in our country’s ability to come out of this difficult phase.”

Monti will meet with head of state Giorgio Napolitano, and will outline his reform agenda and name his cabinet.

It comes after two days of talks with unions and other political parties.

His government could be made up purely of technocrats such as himself, but it is unclear whether it will also include politicians.

The former EU commissioner and economics professor has never held elected office.

He was appointed by Napolitano after the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi late on Saturday.

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