The Berlusconi-led conservative coalition won 340 of the 617 seats in the lower house. "The months ahead will be difficult and I am preparing a government ready to last five years."
Berlusconi has won his third Italian election with a bigger than expected swing to the centre right, but the media magnate said it would not be easy to solve deep economic problems.
With counting nearly over, results gave Berlusconi a 101-seat majority in the 630-member lower house and an advantage of 41 seats in the Senate, which has 315 elected and seven lifetime senators. (France 24 International News)