Italy's Monti says his political future unclear: press

MILAN Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:46am EST

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures at the World Policy Conference in Cannes December 8, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures at the World Policy Conference in Cannes December 8, 2012.

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MILAN (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, who said on Saturday he would resign as soon as the country's budget for 2013 is approved, told daily La Repubblica he does not know what his political future is.

"I don't know," he was quoted as saying in an article published on Monday. "If I had to ...describe my feelings today, I would say that I am very concerned."

Monti has previously said he would not stand in the next election, now expected to take place in February. But potential allies among smaller centrist groups note he has not definitely closed the door on the idea either.

Monti was also quoted as saying he chose to announce his plan on Saturday to give markets time to absorb a possible shock.

(Reporting By Lisa Jucca; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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