Italy's Northern League would not back Monti government: Maroni

ROME Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:46am EST

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ROME (Reuters)- Italy's Northern League, Silvio Berlusconi's closest coalition ally, would not back a possible new government led by former European commissioner Mario Monti,

senior party member Roberto Maroni said on Thursday.

Maroni said the Northern League would be in the opposition if a Monti-led government is appointed. He reiterated the

League's view that new elections are the only realistic option f or Italy after Berlusconi steps down.

(Writing by Catherine Hornby)

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