Politics of Liguria

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The Politics of Liguria, 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.


Main article: Government of Liguria

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 11, including a Vice President.[1]

List of Presidents[edit]

Presidents of Liguria
President Party Term Legislature
Gianni Dagnino DC 1970–1975 I Legislature
Angelo Carossino PCI 1975–1979 II Legislature
Armando Magliotto PCI 1979–1980 II Legislature
Giovanni Persico PRI 1980–1981 III Legislature
Alberto Teardo PSI 1981–1983 III Legislature
Rinaldo Magnani PSI 1983–1985 III Legislature
Rinaldo Magnani PSI 1985–1990 IV Legislature
Giacomo Gualco DC 1990–1992 V Legislature
Edmondo Ferrero DC 1992–1994 V Legislature
Giancarlo Mori PPI 1994–1995 V Legislature
Giancarlo Mori PPI 1995–2000 VI Legislature
Sandro Biasotti Indep. FI 2000–2005 VII Legislature
Claudio Burlando DS/PD 2005–2010 VIII Legislature
Claudio Burlando PD 2010–present IX Legislature

Legislative branch[edit]

The Regional Council of Liguria (Consiglio Regionale della Liguria) is composed of 40 members. 32 councillors are elected in provincial constituencies by proportional representation using the largest remainder method with a Droop quota and open lists, while 8 councillors (elected in bloc) come from a "regional list", including the President-elect. One seat is reserved for the candidate who comes second. If a coalition wins more than 50% of the total seats in the Council with PR, only 4 candidates from the regional list will be chosen and the number of those elected in provincial constituencies will be 36. If the winning coalition receives less than 40% of votes special seats are added to the Council to ensure a large majority for the President's coalition.[2]

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, simul cadent prevision introduced in 1999 (literally they will stand together or they will fall together), also the Council is dissolved and a snap election is called.[3]

Parties and elections[edit]

Latest regional election[edit]

In the latest regional election, which took place on 28–29 March 2010, Claudio Burlando (Democratic Party) defeated Sandro Biasotti (The People of Freedom).

Candidates & parties votes votes (%) seats
reg. list
prov. lists
Clauidio Burlando 424,044 52.15 8 17
Democratic Party 211,500 28.35 10
Italy of Values 63,028 8.45 3
Union of the Centre 29,335 3.93 1
Federation of the Left 29,148 3.91 1
We with Burlando 27,607 3.70 1
Left Ecology Freedom 18,418 2.47 1
Federation of the Greens 8,624 1.16 1
Bertone List 5,723 0.77 -
Sandro Biasotti 389,132 47.85 1 14
The People of Freedom 218,398 29.27 10
Lega Nord Liguria 76,265 10.22 3
Biasotti President 45,261 6.07 1
People of Italy 5,398 0.72 -
The Right 2,688 0.36 -
Pensioners' Party 2,566 0.34 -
New PSI 2,076 0.28 -
Total 813,176 100.00 9 31

Source: Ministry of the Interior – Historical Archive of Elections


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