I the South
|I the South
|President||Adriana Poli Bortone|
|Founded||14 February 2009|
|Split from||National Alliance|
|Headquarters||via S. Lazzaro, 3
|National affiliation||Great South|
|Politics of Italy
The party emerged in 2009 as an Apulian split from National Alliance (AN) led by Adriana Poli Bortone, shortly before AN was merged into The People of Freedom (PdL). Soon after the party approached to the Union of the Centre (UdC) in order to form a centrist party as an alternative to the PdL, and in this perspective Poli Bortone joined UdC in a common group in the Senate.
At the 2009 provincial elections the party won 7.3% in Lecce (while Poli Bortone won 21.9% as candidate for President supported also by the UdC), 3.4% in Taranto and 2.0% in Brindisi. In the 2010 Apulian regional election Poli Bortone ran for President supported also by the regional section of the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats, that is the main component of UdC. Poli Bortone gained 8.7% of the vote, while IS gained a mere 2.9%.
Since then, Poli Bortone distanced herself from the UdC and started to prepare her return to the centre-right. In February 2011 she joined the new National Cohesion group in the Senate and, as of March, she is headed to the formation of a joint "party of the South" along with Force of the South and We the South. On 14 July 2011 the three parties jointly launched the Federation of the South, later Great South.
- President: Adriana Poli Bortone (2009–present)