Democratic Union for the Republic

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Democratic Union for the Republic
Unione Democratica per la Repubblica
President Francesco Cossiga
Secretary Clemente Mastella
Founded February 1998
Dissolved February 1999
Succeeded by Union of Democrats for Europe
Ideology Christian democracy
Politics of Italy
Political parties
Elections

The Democratic Union for the Republic (Unione Democratica per la Repubblica, UDR) was a short-lived centrist Christian democratic political party in Italy.

It was founded in February 1998 by Francesco Cossiga, Clemente Mastella (ex-Christian Democratic Centre, then leader of the Christian Democrats for the Republic), Rocco Buttiglione (leader of the United Christian Democrats), Mario Segni (leader of Patto Segni), Carlo Scognamiglio Pasini (ex-FI), Enrico Ferri (ex-CCD) and Irene Pivetti (ex-Lega Nord), along with many other MPs elected for the centre-right, in order to provide a majority in Parliament for Massimo D'Alema's government. UDR was initially only a federation of parties, but in June CDR, CDU and Patto Segni merged to form a united party. Clemente Mastella was elected Secretary of the new party.

After disagreements between Cossiga and Mastella, the party broke up in February 1999. Most party members rallied behind Mastella and entered in his Union of Democrats for Europe (UDEUR), later renamed into UDEUR Populars. Those around Cossiga formed the Union for the Republic (UpR), whose leading members, such as Angelo Sanza and Giorgio Rebuffa, entered in Forza Italia in 2001. The most notable exception was Carlo Scognamiglio Pasini who joined the Federation of Italian Liberals, and then European Democracy and the Pact of Liberal Democrats. Buttiglione had previously re-established CDU, as Segni did with his Patto, while Ferri joined Forza Italia.

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