Brothers of Italy
|Brothers of Italy-
Fratelli d'Italia - Centrodestra Nazionale
Ignazio La Russa
|Founded||17 December 2012|
|Split from||The People of Freedom|
Liberalism (minority)
|European Parliament group||European People's Party|
|Chamber of Deputies|
|Politics of Italy
The party was launched as National Centre-right on 17 December by Ignazio La Russa, national coordinator of The People of Freedom (PdL). The split from the PdL was agreed with PdL president Silvio Berlusconi in order to better represent the right-wing of the party and propose an appealing choice to right-wing voters. Over the same days another group of splinters from the PdL, led by Guido Crosetto and Giorgia Meloni, aimed at forming a party named Brothers of Italy.
The two groups, formed mainly by former members of National Alliance (La Russa, Meloni, Massimo Corsaro, Fabio Rampelli, Viviana Beccalossi, Alfredo Mantica, etc.) but also christian democrats and liberals from the former Forza Italia (Crosetto, Giuseppe Cossiga, etc.), joined forces on 21 December.
In the 2013 general election, held in February 2013, the party obtained 2.0% of the vote and 9 seats in the Chamber of Deputies. On 5 March 2013 the party's executive board appointed Ignazio La Russa president, Guido Crosetto coordinator and Giorgia Meloni floor leader in the Chamber.
- President: Guido Crosetto / Ignazio La Russa / Giorgia Meloni (2013–present)
- Treasurer: Pierfrancesco Gamba (2013–present)
- Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
- Mackenzie, James (22 October 2013). "Small right-wing party seeks to profit from Berlusconi's disarray". Reuters.