Italian general election, 1897

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Italian general election, 1897
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21-28 March 1897
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All 508 seats to the Chamber of Deputies of the Kingdom of Italy
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Francesco Crispi.jpg Rudini.jpg Ernesto Nathan.jpg
Leader Francesco Crispi Antonio Starabba di Rudinì Ernesto Nathan
Party Historical Left Historical Right Radical Party
Seats won 327 99 42
Seat change Decrease7 Decrease5 Decrease5
Percentage 64.3% 19.4% 8,2%
Swing Increase5.7% Decrease2.2% Decrease3.5%

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Carlo Sforza 1921.jpg Turati.jpg
Leader Carlo Sforza Filippo Turati
Party Republican Party Socialist Party
Seats won 25 15
Seat change new party 0
Percentage 5.0% 3.0%
Swing new party Decrease3.8%

Italian Parliament 1897.svg

Composition of the Parliament

Prime Minister before election

Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì
Historical Right

Subsequent Prime Minister

Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì
Historical Right

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General elections were held in Italy on 21 March 1897, with a second round of voting on 28 March.[1] The "ministerial" left-wing bloc remained the largest in Parliament, winning 327 of the 508 seats.[2]


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Ministerial left-wing 327 –7
Constitutionalists 99 –5
Radical Party 42 –5
Italian Republican Party 25 New
Italian Socialist Party 15 0
Invalid/blank votes 41,911
Total 1,241,486 100 508 0
Registered voters/turnout 2,120,909 58.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1047 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1083