April 19, 2006

Italy court to give election verdict Wed – sources

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's highest appeals court will
announce the official results of last week's general election
on Wednesday afternoon, court sources said.

The court is expected to confirm that centre-left leader
Romano Prodi narrowly won the April 9-10 ballot, ousting Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi after five years in power.

Berlusconi has refused to concede defeat, alleging
widespread irregularities and saying he hoped checks on
disputed ballots would overturn the provisional results.

The sources told Reuters that the court would post a
statement on its Web site after 5 p.m. (1500 GMT).