Politics of Lazio

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The Politics of Lazio, Italy takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democracy, whereby the President of Regional Government is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the Regional Government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Regional Council.


The Regional Government (Giunta Regionale) is presided by the President of the Region (Presidente della Regione), who is elected for a five-year term, and is composed by the President and the Ministers (Assessori), who are currently 16, including a Vice President.[1]

Current composition[edit]

List of Presidents[edit]

Presidents of Lazio
President Party Term Legislature
Girolamo Mechelli DC 1970–1972 I Legislature
Luigi Cipriani DC 1972–1973 I Legislature
Rinaldo Santini DC 1973–1975 I Legislature
Roberto Palleschi PSI 1975–1976 II Legislature
Maurizio Ferrara PCI 1976–1977 II Legislature
Giulio Santarelli PSI 1977–1980 II Legislature
Giulio Santarelli PSI 1980–1983 III Legislature
Bruno Landi PSI 1983–1984 III Legislature
Gabriele Panizzi PSI 1984–1985 III Legislature
Sebastiano Montali PSI 1985–1987 IV Legislature
Bruno Landi PSI 1987–1990 IV Legislature
Rodolofo Gigli DC 1990–1992 V Legislature
Giorgio Pasetto DC 1992–1994 V Legislature
Carlo Proietti PSI 1994–1995 V Legislature
Piero Badaloni PPI 1995–2000 VI Legislature
Francesco Storace AN 2000–2005 VII Legislature
Piero Marrazzo PD 2005–2009 VIII Legislature
Renata Polverini PdL 2010–2013 IX Legislature
Nicola Zingaretti PD since 2013 X Legislature

Legislative branch[edit]

The Regional Council of Lazio (Consiglio Regionale del Lazio) is composed of 51 members, of which 39 are elected in provincial constituencies with proportional representation, 10 from the so-called "regional list" of the elected President and the last one is for the candidate for President who comes second, who usually becomes the leader of the opposition in the Council.

The Council is elected for a five-year term, but, if the President suffers a vote of no confidence, resigns or dies, under the simul stabunt vel simul cadent prevision (introduced in 1999), also the Council will be dissolved and there will be a fresh election.[2]

Current composition[edit]

Parties Seats Democratic Party 14 Per il Lazio List (regional list) 10 Zingaretti List 2 Left Ecology Freedom 1 Italian Socialist Party 1 Democratic Centre 1 Total left parties group 29 The People of Freedom 9 The Right 2 Brothers of Italy 1 Storace Presidente List 1 Total Right parties group 13

       Five Star Movement  7

Civic Choice - Bongiorno list 2 Total 51


Last regional election[edit]

In the last regional election, which took place on 24–25 February 2013 and was the first snap election in the political history of Lazio, Nicola Zingaretti (Democratic Party) defeated Francesco Storace (The RightThe People of Freedom) and was elected President of Lazio.

Candidates Regional lists Provincial lists Total
votes % seats Parties votes % seats group
Nicola Zingaretti 1,330,398 40.7 10 Democratic Party 834,237 29.3 13 28
Zingaretti List 126,646 4.5 2
Left Ecology Freedom 103,691 3.7 1
Italian Socialist Party 55,588 2.0 1
Democratic Centre 48,747 1.7 1
Francesco Storace 959,685 29.3 1 The People of Freedom 595,212 21.2 9 13
Brothers of Italy 107,730 3.8 1
The Right 94,113 3.4 1
Others 123,796 4.4 2
Davide Barillari 661,865 20.2 - Five Star Movement 467,215 16.6 7 7
Giulia Bongiorno 154,986 4.7 - Civic Choice 124,238 4.4 2 2
Sandro Ruotolo 71,219 2.2 - Civil Revolution 58,682 2.1 - -
Others 94,593 2.4 - Others 64,882 2.4 - -
Total candidates 3,272,746 100.0 11 Total parties 2,807,213 100.0 39 50

Source: Italian Ministry of the Interior

Other elections[edit]


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