OSLO Dec 10 Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
said on Monday he is not currently considering whether to stand
in elections early next year and that the market reaction to his
plan to quit early should not be dramatised.
"I'm not considering this particular issue at this stage.
All my efforts are being devoted to the completion of the
remaining time of the current government," he told reporters in
Oslo in reply to a question on whether he intended to run in an
election expected in February.
"I understand market reactions, they need not be dramatised.
I am very confident that the Italian elections, when they come,
will give room to whatever coalition...the government will be,
in my view, a highly responsible one," Monti told a news