Romano Prodi’s centre left coalition, has been officially declared the winner in the Italian elections by the Supreme Court, despite doubts being cast by outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The results are good news for the gay community as Signor Prodi has promised to change Italy including introducing a civil partnership law.

Official results showed a narrow gap of 49.8% for Signor Prodi’s coalition against Signor Berlusconi’s 49.7% in the lower house, and 158 Senate seats for the left, beating the right’s 156 in the upper house.

The appointment was confirmed by the SkyTG24 news channel, but did not give any sources.

However, Signor Berlusconi is refusing to admit defeat, citing irregularities in the polls.

The Italian elections have also seen an increase in gay representation in parliament.

Gay MP Gianpaolo Silvestri was elected with the Green Party, along with Franco Grillini, who was elected with the Democrats of the left, and bisexual Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, chairman of the Green Party.

Titti De Simone a lesbian was elected with Europe’s first transgender MP Vladimir Luxuria for the Communist Refoundation party.