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Italy’s Monti resigns, campaigns start

OPEN RACE:Former Italian prime minister Mario Monti, who is staying on in a caretaker capacity, is expected to say today whether he will run in the February elections

AFP, ROME

While the business world and the Catholic Church have been hugely supportive of Monti, he has been cautioned in some quarters not to run.

Berlusconi said the outgoing prime minister risked becoming a “small player” on the political scene if he allied with “little parties.”

Some political observers have said Monti is unlikely to be a candidate because he risks losing not only the election, but also the credibility he has built on the international stage.

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