ROME Dec 12 Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday
he would withdraw as a candidate in Italy's coming election if
outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti ran as the head of a
Berlusconi said in public remarks in Rome that he was
willing to withdraw his candidacy if Monti agreed to lead a
centre-right grouping. Monti, who announced his resignation at
the weekend following Berlusconi's declared candidacy, has not
made up his mind on whether he will run in the election.
"I proposed to Monti to be the candidate as leader for the
moderate centre and he said he didn't want to. If his position
changes, I would have no problem to step back... I have no
personal ambitions," Berlusconi said.