Romano Prodi has welcomed a decision by Italy’s Supreme Court confirming him as the victor in the country’s recent parliamentary election. The ruling brought to an end days of political stalemate and cleared the way for Prodi to begin forming a new administration. “Italians can have no more doubt about our victory. Now we have to get to work to put together a strong government.” he said. The Supreme Court said Prodi won the election in the lower house by just under 25 thousand votes. His majority in the Upper House, the Senate, awaits endorsement but is much bigger.
Reactions have also been coming in from the leaders of other political parties, not all of whom want to prolong the battle. Antonio Tajani is from of Forza Italia: “We want the court to wait for the results of more checks before it makes any more declarations, because there have been too many complaints.” “We’ll accept the decision,” said Maurizio Gasparri of the National Alliance. “But lets not forget that the new government is going to have lots of difficulty at a political level.”
Silvio Berlusconi made no comment in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling. But aides insisted he would not concede defeat. When asked if he had received the traditional congratulatory telephone call from his predecessor, Romano Prodi said “I’m waiting.”