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Monti says he won’t run for Italian premier

ROME — After keeping Italians, and the rest of Europe, in suspense for weeks, interim Prime Minister Mario Monti on Sunday ruled out running in February elections but said he would consider leading the next government if political forces sharing his reform-focused economic agenda requested it.

The decision by Monti positions him to take the helm again without having to get into the nitty-gritty of campaigning — thus preserving his image as someone above the political fray who can make tough decisions imposing austerity measures.

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