Pole for Freedoms
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|Pole for Freedoms|
|Polo per le Libertà|
|Leader||Silvio Berlusconi, Gianfranco Fini, Pierferdinando Casini|
|Preceded by||Pole of Freedoms,
Pole of Good Government
|Succeeded by||House of Freedoms|
|Politics of Italy
The Pole for Freedoms (Italian: Polo per le Libertà) was an electoral alliance of centre-right political parties in Italy, which was active from 1996 to 2001. It included Forza Italia, the National Alliance, Christian Democratic Centre and the United Christian Democrats.
The Pole for Freedoms appeared as the continuation of the Pole of Freedoms and the Pole of Good Government. They had been separate coalitions, but both supported the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi, which had presented at the 1994 Italian general election: the Pole of Freedom was constituted by Forza Italy and Lega Nord, the Pole of Good Government by Forza Italia and the National Alliance. After that, the Northern League left the coalition, at the end of 1994, the centre-right was forced to reform itself: in 1995, in occasion of the regional elections, an organic alliance was formed. In 1996 it was officially named "Pole for Freedoms" and debuted in the 1996 Italian general election; however, it was defeated by the centre-left alliance led by The Olive Tree, whose leader was Romano Prodi.
Pole for Freedom was in opposition to the centre-left governments (of Massimo D'Alema an Giuliano Amato) until 2001, when, after the rapprochement with the Lega Nord, changed into the House of Freedoms. The new coalition won the 2001 Italian general election and remained in government until the following election in 2006.
- Mario B. Mignone (1 January 2008). Italy Today: Facing the Challenges of the New Millennium. Peter Lang. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-1-4331-0187-8. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
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