Politics of Piedmont
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The Politics of Piedmont, 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, who are currently 14, including a Vice President (Vice Presidente).
List of Presidents
|Presidents of Piedmont|
|Edoardo Calleri di Sala||DC||1970–1973||I Legislature|
|Gianni Oberto Tarena||DC||1974–1975||I Legislature|
|Aldo Viglione||PSI||1975–1980||II Legislature|
|Enzo Enrietti||PSI||1980–1983||III Legislature|
|Aldo Viglione||PSI||1983–1985||III Legislature|
|Vittorio Beltrami||DC||1985–1990||IV Legislature|
|Gian Paolo Brizio||DC/PPI||1990–1995||V Legislature|
|Enzo Ghigo||FI||1995–2000||VI Legislature|
|Enzo Ghigo||FI||2000–2005||VII Legislature|
|Mercedes Bresso||DS/PD||2005–2010||VIII Legislature|
|Roberto Cota||LNP||2010–2014||IX Legislature|
|Sergio Chiamparino||PD||2014–...||X Legislature|
The Regional Council of Piedmont (Consiglio Regionale del Piemonte) is composed of 60 members. 48 councilors are elected in provincial constituencies by proportional representation using the largest remainder method with a Droop quota and open lists, while 12 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 6 candidates from the regional list will be chosen and the number of those elected in provincial constituencies will be 54. 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.
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.
Latest regional election
The latest regional election took place on 25 May 2014. It was a snap election, prompted by the dissolution of the Regional Council by the Regional Administrative Tribunal on the grounds that one of the lists supporting the winner Roberto Cota (Lega Nord–Piemont) in the 2010 regional election had committed irregularities in filing the slates for the election. Cota chose not to stand again for President and the parties composing his coalition failed to agree on a single candidate, resulting in a landslide victory for Sergio Chiamparino, a Democrat who had been Mayor of Turin from 2001 to 2011.
|Candidates & parties||votes||votes (%)||seats
|Left Ecology Freedom||40,873||2.09||→||1|
|Italy of Values||13,658||0.70||→||0|
|Gilberto Pichetto Fratin||495,993||22.09||1||8|
|Lega Nord Piemont||141,741||7.27||→||2|
|Civic List for Piedmont||8,853||0.45||→||0|
|United Rights (incl. LD, FLI, etc.)||5,004||0.25||→||0|
|Five Star Movement||396,295||20.34||→||8|
|Brothers of Italy||72,776||3.73||→||1|
|New Centre-Right – Union of the Centre||49,059||2.51||→||0|
|The Other Piedmont to the Left||19,467||0.99||→||0|
Source: Ministry of the Interior
- Sito Ufficiale della Regione Piemonte: Giunta regionale
- La Repubblica – Regional electoral law
- Regional Council of Lombardy – 1999 Constitutional law