Italy's Monti 'would consider' standing at election

Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti has said that he would be ready to offer his leadership to political forces that adopt his agenda of reforms the country needs.

Speaking at an end of year news conference, Monti stressed that he was not now entering any political movement and that he was more concerned about his policy prescriptions being followed than personalities.

Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti. Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Asked whether he was ready to stand as prime minister again, he said: "If a credible political force asked me to run as prime minister for them I would consider it."