Monti clear on reforms

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, drafted in unelected to haul Italy from crisis a year ago, said yesterday that a new government appointed after next year’s election would have to keep up his reform agenda to retain the confidence of investors.

Monti, who has kept up a carefully neutral stance about his own role in next year’s election, told reporters during a visit to Kuwait at the weekend that he could not say what would happen after the vote, expected on March 10. “I cannot offer guarantees for the future. I’d be happy if we could improve the present, as I believe we are doing with the efforts of everyone,” Monti said when asked if he had given assurances about the reliability of Italy after he steps down.