Lega Autonomia Lombarda

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Lega Autonomia Lombarda (Lombard Autonomy League, LAL), also known as Lega per l'Autonomia Lombarda (League for the Lombard Autonomy)[1][2] and whose extended name was Lega per l'Autonomia–Alleanza Lombarda–Lega Pensionati (League for Autonomy–Lombard Alliance–Pensioners League), was a left-wing regionalist political party in Italy, based in Lombardy.

The party was formed in the run-up of the 1996 general election by the merger of Autonomy Lombard Alliance and Lega Alpina Lumbarda. The former was a 1989 split from Lega LombardaLega Nord led by Angela Bossi and Pierangelo Brivio (wife and husband, sister and brother-in-law to Umberto Bossi respectively), while the latter was the political vehicle of Elidio De Paoli, who had been elected in the Senate both in 1992 and 1994.

In the 1996 election the LAL obtained 1.9% of the vote in Lombardy and none of its candidates was elected.[3]

After a row between De Paoli and the couple Bossi-Brivio, the party was disbanded until 2001, when De Paoli re-organized it from scratch.

In the 2001 general election the party won 5.4% for the Senate in Lombardy[4] and 0.9% nationally,[5] as some disgruntled voters of Lega Nord and many unintended voters gave their vote to the LAL. De Paoli was elected senator with proportional representation, after he had won 11.5% in the constituency of Albino. There he stole many votes from Roberto Calderoli, deputy for Albino since 1994 and most voted leghista in 1996 (51.9%[6]), who was elected with a mere 44.2%.[7]

In the 2006 general election the party was affiliated to The Union, the centre-left coalition led by Romano Prodi, and its 0.1% (1.6% in Lombardy)[8] was decisive for the coalition's victory over the centre-right House of Freedoms coalition.[9] Subsequently De Paoli was appointed undersecretary in Prodi II Cabinet.[10]

In the 2008 general election the LAL won a mere 0.8% for the Senate in Lombardy.[11]

In 2009 the Ministry of the Interior assigned the party's symbol to Matteo Brivio, son of Angela Bossi and Pierangelo Brivio. Consequently, De Paoli returned to use Lega Alpina Lumbarda's symbol, with disappointing results. Since 2008 the LAL did not participate in any major electoral competition and M. Brivio joined Lega Nord.[12]

Popular support[edit]

The electoral results of the party in Lombardy are shown in the table below. For general elections the results always refer to the Senate.

1996 general 1999 European 2000 regional 2001 general 2004 European 2005 regional 2006 general 2008 general
1.9 - - 5.4 1.2 - 1.6 0.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legislatura 14ª - Aula - Resoconto stenografico della seduta n. 046 del 28/09/2001". parlamento.it. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Legislatura 14ª - Aula - Resoconto stenografico della seduta n. 792 del 04/05/2005". senato.it. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  3. ^ "::: Ministero dell'Interno ::: Archivio Storico delle Elezioni - Senato del 21 Aprile 1996". elezionistorico.interno.it. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  4. ^ "::: Ministero dell'Interno ::: Archivio Storico delle Elezioni - Senato del 13 Maggio 2001". elezionistorico.interno.it. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  5. ^ "::: Ministero dell'Interno ::: Archivio Storico delle Elezioni - Senato del 13 Maggio 2001". elezionistorico.interno.it. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  6. ^ "::: Ministero dell'Interno ::: Archivio Storico delle Elezioni - Camera del 21 Aprile 1996". elezionistorico.interno.it. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  7. ^ "::: Ministero dell'Interno ::: Archivio Storico delle Elezioni - Senato del 13 Maggio 2001". elezionistorico.interno.it. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  8. ^ "::: Ministero dell'Interno ::: Archivio Storico delle Elezioni - Camera del 9 Aprile 2006". elezionistorico.interno.it. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  9. ^ Signore, A.; Trocino, A. (2010). Razza padana. Bureau. ISBN 9788858602638. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  10. ^ "Governo Italiano - I Ministri del governo Prodi". governo.it. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  11. ^ "::: Ministero dell'Interno ::: Archivio Storico delle Elezioni - Senato del 13 Aprile 2008". elezionistorico.interno.it. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  12. ^ "I Bossi, questione di famiglia". espresso.repubblica.it. Retrieved 2015-02-10.