Monti says he is open to leading next government - Article Photos 2/2

Italian Premier Mario Monti speaks during a news conference in Rome, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Mario Monti on Sunday said is spurning he won't take up Silvio Berlusconi's offer to run on a center-right election ticket backed the by media mogul, citing Berlusconi's heavy criticism of his economic policies. Monti, now in a caretaker role following his resignation last, has kept Italy waiting to hear if he has decided to run or not in in Feb. 24-25 elections. (AP Photo/Mauro Scrobogna, Lapresse)