ROME, Sept 30 Italy needs a strong political
government, not another technocrat administration when Prime
Minister Mario Monti's term ends in the spring, the head of the
country's main employers' confederation said on Sunday.
Talk of Monti being reinstalled after the elections has been
swirling in Italy and the prime minister said on New York on
Thursday that if no clear winner emerges from the vote he would
be willing to carry on if asked to.
However, the unelected former European commissioner also
made it clear that he would not be a candidate at the election.
Many politicians, especially on the centre-left which leads in
the polls, are cool to the idea of Monti continuing.
"I don't think that a non-candidate can run the next
government, because what we have seen in these months is a
government experience which has honestly shown a lot of
difficulties," Confindustria President Giorgio Squinzi told Rome
daily Il Messaggero.
"We need safe political leadership which wins the majority
of votes and has stability, a programme, and the ability to
carry it out."
The Confindustria president has often been critical of
Monti, a stance he renewed in Sunday's interview when he called
his reform to increase labour market flexibility "a wasted
However, while Squinzi leads Italy's largest business lobby
it is far from clear if his view represents that of most its
Earlier this month more than 80 percent of 137 bankers,
businessmen and senior academics attending an annual conference
in northern Italy said they would like Monti to carry on,
according to a survey by the Italian news agency Radiocor.
On Sunday Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, himself a
former Confindustria president, said his political movement
Future Italy would run at the election by asking voters to
express support for a second Monti government.
"Italy is falling apart," he told Corriere della Sera daily,
explaining that the country's ongoing economic and financial
emergency would justify another term for an unelected leader.
Montezemolo said he himself had no intention of being a
candidate and made no suggestion he would step down as president
Ordinary Italians are more favourable towards Monti himself
than his policies, Renato Mannheimer, head of the ISPO polling
agency, told Corriere.
While 51 percent have a positive judgement of Monti, 53
percent hope that he will step down as prime minister and 54
percent hope the next government adopts policies "radically
different" from those he has pursued.