Berlusconi buoyed by Sicilian vote
Silvio Berlusconi looked poised for a stunning political comeback as his rightist bloc claimed victory in an election in Sicily.
The Sicilian ballot, held last Sunday, was seen as a dry run for a national election in May, with many of the island’s problems reflecting those of the country.
An influx of migrants, many of whom arrive in Sicily after being rescued in the Mediterranean, was a key issue.
With 93% of the votes counted, a centre-right bloc backed by the four-time prime minister was running more than five percentage points ahead of the antiestablishment Five Star Movement (M5S), with the centre left, which governs at the national level, a distant third.