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The Moderates (Italian: Moderati) is a regional centrist political party in Italy active above all in Piedmont. The party, whose leader is Giacomo Portas, is part of the centre-left coalition formed around the Democratic Party (PD).
The party was launched in January 2006 by Portas, a former member of Forza Italia (FI), and was joined by four regional councillors: Giuliano Manolino (ex-FI), Giovanni Pizzale (ex-IdV), Mauro Laus (ex-PD) and Graziella Valloggia (ex-PRC).
In the 2007 municipal elections, Moderates scored 4% in both Turin and Cuneo, 8% in Grugliasco and 10% in Moncalieri. In the 2008 general election Portas was elected to the Chamber of Deputies as independent in list of the PD in Piedmont 1 constituency.
In the 2012 municipal elections the party won 6.5% in Alessandria, 4.6% in Asti, 6.8% in Cuneo, and 11.9% in its stronghold Grugliasco. Lists with a similar name and symbol appeared also outside Piedmont, most notably in Piacenza, where "Moderates for Dosi" won 13.4% of the vote.