Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti says he is not siding for now with any party in upcoming elections, but remains available to head a future government.
Mr Monti said he was ready to lead any coalition committed to his reforms.
The caretaker prime minister said he was unable to accept an offer from former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to lead a centrist coalition.
Elections are to be held in February. Mr Monti resigned after Mr Berlusconi’s party withdrew its support.
Mr Monti was nominated as technocratic prime minister in November 2011, after Mr Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition government fell amidst a financial and economic crisis.
Speaking at a news conference in Rome, Mr Monti urged Italian parties not to destroy what he said was his government’s achievement in saving Italy from that crisis.
“That financial emergency has been overcome,” he said. “Italians can once again hold their heads high as citizens of Europe.”
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