Berlo ac­cuses Monti of plot with cen­tre- left

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Rome: Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni on Satur­day con­demned out­go­ing Prime Min­is­ter Mario Monti’s plan to lead a cen­trist al­liance in Italy’s elec­tion in Fe­bru­ary, ac­cus­ing him of a plot to favour the left, but cen­trist lead­ers de­nied any se­cret ac­cord. Monti, who re­placed Ber­lus­coni as prime min­is­ter last year as Italy scram­bled to avert a fi­nan­cial cri­sis, said on Fri­day he wanted to unite a broad coali­tion of fac­tions around a re­form agenda aimed at eas­ing the coun­try’s eco­nomic woes. Monti ended weeks of spec­u­la­tion when he con­firmed his bid for a sec­ond term, pit­ting him against the cen­treleft Demo­cratic Party ( PD) and Ber­lus­coni’s cen­tre- right Peo­ple of Free­dom ( PDL) party in a three- way con­test.

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