Italian parliament dissolved

Italy’s president has dissolved parliament following the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Monti, formally setting the stage for general elections in February in which Mr Monti’s participation remains unclear.

President Giorgio Napolitano signed the decree today after consulting with political leaders.

Mr Monti, appointed 13 months ago to steer Italy from a Greek-style debt crisis, stepped down yesterday after ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s party withdrew its support for his technical government.

He has scheduled a news conference for tomorrow during which he is expected to announce whether he will run for office.

Small centrist parties have been courting Mr Monti, but Italian newspapers say he is inclined to refuse.

Polls indicate the centre-left Democratic Party will win the vote. A Monti-led ticket could deprive the Democrats of votes, but would not be expected to garner anything near a majority.

More in this Section

Basketball star shot dead following misunderstanding in Texas

Battle of Verdun marked by Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel 100 years on

Gunman among at least two dead in Houston shooting

Israeli police 'recommend indicting Sara Netanyahu in funds inquiry'


You might also like

Today's Stories

700 drown in attempt to reach Europe

David Cameron's leadership challenged over Brexit

UK sugar tax ‘has nothing to do with sugar’

Forces surround Fallujah in bid to retake from Islamic State

Lifestyle

Video: Eastenders stars soak up the sun at Schull film festival

Louise McSharry tackles her weight issues and troubled upbringing in new book

Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon Runner of the week: Sarah Peters

You are not alone with Dyspraxia

More From The Irish Examiner