Italy’s Supreme Court has confirmed Romano Prodi’s narrow victory in the general election. It ends days of political stalement and clears the way for the centre-left coalition leader to start work on forming a government. After the ruling, Prodi said “Now it’s time to turn the page and think about Italy’s serious problems, and try to heal the country’s divisions,” he said.
“The suspicions of fraud and the poisonous climate fuelled over the past few days have been swept away,” he added. Berlusconi refused to concede defeat after the closest Italian election in modern history, saying he hoped checks on disputed ballots would show he had won the vote. He made no immediate comment following the supreme court verdict, but a senior figure in Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, said the centre-right was not yet ready to acknowledge Prodi’s victory.