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).[1]

List of Presidents[edit]

Presidents of Piedmont
President Party Term Legislature
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

Legislative branch[edit]

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.[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]


Latest regional election[edit]

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 NordPiemont) in the 2010 regional election had committed irregularities in filing the slates for the election.[4] Cota chose not to stand again for President and the parties composing his coalition failed to agree on a single candidate,[5] 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
reg. list
prov. lists
Sergio Chiamparino 1,057,031 47.09 10 22
Democratic Party 704,541 36.17 17
Chiamparino President 94,615 4.85 2
Moderates 47,901 2.45 1
Left Ecology Freedom 40,873 2.09 1
Civic Choice 29,313 1.50 1
Italy of Values 13,658 0.70 0
Gilberto Pichetto Fratin 495,993 22.09 1 8
Forza Italia 302,743 15.57 6
Lega Nord Piemont 141,741 7.27 2
Pensioners' Party 13,837 0.71 1
Civic List for Piedmont 8,853 0.45 0
Greens Greens 5,435 0.27 0
United Rights (incl. LD, FLI, etc.) 5,004 0.25 0
Great South 1,676 0.08 0
Davide Bono 481,453 21.45 8
Five Star Movement 396,295 20.34 8
Guido Crosetto 117,807 5.24 1
Brothers of Italy 72,776 3.73 1
Enrico Costa 67,025 2.98
New Centre-Right – Union of the Centre 49,059 2.51 0
Mauro Filingeri 25,193 1.12
The Other Piedmont to the Left 19,467 0.99 0
Total 2,244,502 100.00 11 39

Source: Ministry of the Interior


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