The Italian President has hinted that his country’s upcoming election could be held in late February. It comes after Giorgio Napolitano urged politicians to settle their differences over next year’s budget.
Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri recommended the 24th after two days of wrangling over the financial legislation. It was expected to be green-lighted last Friday but got delayed when former Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party demanded more time.
The budget must be passed before an election can be called.
Technocrat Mario Monti says he will not comment on his future until Parliament has been dissolved – likely to be this weekend. He has not responded publicly to pressure for him to seek a second term.
But reports in the media suggest he is ready to back a new centrist grouping, set up by the Chairman of Ferrari.