Moderates (Italy)

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Moderates
Leader Giacomo Portas
Founded January 2006
Headquarters Via XX Settembre, 9
10121 Turin
Ideology Centrism
Regionalism
Politics of Italy
Political parties
Elections

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).[1]

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.[2][3]

In 2009 provincial elections Moderates won 2.7% in the Province of Turin, 2.1% in Alessandria, 1.7% in Cuneo and 0.8% in Novara.[4]

In the 2010 regional election the party won 3.1% of the vote regionally and 4.1% in the Province of Turin, where Michele Dell'Utri was elected regional councillor.[5]

In the 2011 Turin municipal election Moderates garnered a sweeping 9.1% and four councillors, being crucial for the election of Democrat Piero Fassino as mayor.[6]

In the 2012 municipal elections the party won 6.5% in Alessandria,[7] 4.6% in Asti,[8] 6.8% in Cuneo,[9] and 11.9% in its stronghold Grugliasco.[10] 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.[11]

The party contested the 2013 general election as part of the PD-led centre-left coalition Italy. Common Good,[12] posting candidates for the Senate in Piedmont.

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