Eyeing national vote, Berlusconi celebrates win for center right in Sicily

Five things we’ve learned from Sicily’s election

Five things we’ve learned from Sicily’s election

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement's (M5S) Giancarlo Cancelleri was second with 34.6%.

Silvio Berlusconi is set for a political comeback as his rightist bloc won in a Sicilian election, putting it in position for a national vote, which is due by May 2018. Sicily's Nello Musumeci was backed by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia and the national-conservative Brothers of Italy.

"Sicily, just as I asked, has chosen the path of real, serious, constructive change, based on honesty, competence and experience", Berlusconi said in a video posted on Facebook. The center left's Fabrizio Micari was lagging on 18.7 percent.

The result puts Berlusconi back on the political map after years of scandals and graft allegations.

Berlusconi's alliance is now expected to be the biggest party in next year's national elections, according to Reuters, and he is hoping to overturn his ban on running for office, with the European Court of Human Rights due to decide on his case later this year. Even if he is denied the chance to run, he has still proven that he is indeed an influential figure, should the centre right capture national power.

The democratic party lost control in the regional Parliament.

Defiant in its defeat, the anti-system 5-Star Movement vowed to reach national government next year, and its leader Luigi Di Maio declared the PD "politically dead".

Right-wing parties, including the Northern League, would split the remainder.

Markets were little changed on Monday.

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