Monti says he is open to leading next government - Article Photos 1/2

Senators leave after a meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at Rome's Quirinale presidential palace Saturday Dec. 22, 2012. Italy's president is meeting with political leaders to set the stage for general elections early next year as Premier Mario Monti weighs whether to run for office after having handed in his resignation. Monti, appointed 13 months ago to steer Italy away from a Greek-style debt crisis, stepped down Friday after ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's party yanked its support for his technical government. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)