Italian President Giorgio Napolitano walks past a guard at Rome's Quirinale presidential palace Saturday Dec. 22, 2012. Italy's president has dissolved parliament following Premier Mario Monti's resignation, formally setting the stage for general elections in February in which Monti's participation remains unclear. President Giorgio Napolitano signed the decree Saturday after consulting with political leaders. Monti, appointed 13 months ago to steer Italy from a Greek-style debt crisis, stepped down Friday after ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's party withdrew its support for his technical government. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Italian President Giorgio Napolitano walks past a guard at Rome's Quirinale presidential palace Saturday Dec. 22, 2012. Italy's president has dissolved parliament following Premier Mario Monti's resignation, formally setting the stage for general elections in February in which Monti's participation remains unclear. President Giorgio Napolitano signed the decree Saturday after consulting with political leaders. Monti, appointed 13 months ago to steer Italy from a Greek-style debt crisis, stepped down Friday after ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's party withdrew its support for his technical government. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano walks past a guard at Rome's Quirinale presidential palace Saturday Dec. 22, 2012. Italy's president has dissolved parliament following Premier Mario Monti's resignation, formally setting the stage for general elections in February in which Monti's participation remains unclear. President Giorgio Napolitano signed the decree Saturday after consulting with political leaders. Monti, appointed 13 months ago to steer Italy from a Greek-style debt crisis, stepped down Friday after ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's party withdrew its support for his technical government. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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