Lega Nord Alto Adige/Südtirol
|Lega Nord Alto Adige/Südtirol|
|National affiliation||Lega Nord|
|Politics of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
In the 2008 provincial election, as always, LNST presented a list with both Italian- and German-speaking candidates. In the run-up to the election the party was joined by Roland Atz, former Vice President of the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol Region and leading member of the South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP), Elena Artioli, another SVP splinter and one of the few multilingual members of that party before it restricted its membership to German- and Ladin-speakers, and Paolo Bassani, a centrist politician who had been previously member of the Italian Liberal Party, Forza Italia and finally the Italian Republican Party. This strategy, designed by Roberto Calderoli, prompted Kurt Pancheri to resign from national secretary. In the election LNST won the 2.1% of the vote and Artioli was elected to the Provincial Council.
In January 2013 Artioli was elected national secretary of the party, ending five years of transitional leadership provided by the federal party. In May she announced that the party would run in the 2013 provincial election as part of the Team Autonomies/Team Artioli (Team A), a larger autonomist and inter-ethnic electoral list inspired to the Austrian Team Stronach. Later, in September, the Team A was integrated in a joint list with The People of Freedom, named "Forza Alto Adige–Lega Nord–Team Autonomies". In the October election the list took 2.5% of the vote and Artioli was the only candidate elected.
LNST presents itself as a party "inspired by the principles of Christianity", representing South Tyroleans, regardless their language or ethnicity, including multilingual people. In fact, according to its program, the main goals of the party is to enhance the collaboration and the interaction of the three language groups and to legally recognize the reality of multilingual people. The party professes also a libertarian credo and one of its slogans is "less Province, more private", while emphasizing family, education and health-care issues.
The party is a tiny one compared to other "national sections" of Lega Nord.
In the 2008 general election it won a mere 2.0% of the votes in South Tyrol, due to the electoral strength of German-speaking regionalist parties, notably the South Tyrolean People's Party, Citizens' Union for South Tyrol and Die Freiheitlichen. Its counterpart in Trentino, Lega Nord Trentino, was much stronger (16.4% in 2008). In the 2009 European Parliament election LNST however gained 4.8%, its best result ever in the Province.
The electoral results of Lega Nord Sud Tirolo in the Province of Bolzano are shown in the table below.
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- National Secretary: Umberto Montefiori (1991–1998), Kurt Pancheri (1999–2008), Sergio Divina (federal commissioner, 2008–2010), Maurizio Bosatra (federal commissioner, 2010–2012), Matteo Bragantini (federal commissioner, 2012–2013), Elena Artioli (2013–present)
- National President: unknown (1991–1999), Sergio Tamajo (1999–2008), Andrea Gallo (2013–present)
- Joint list with Forza Alto Adige.