Pole of Freedoms

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Pole of Freedoms
Leader Silvio Berlusconi
Umberto Bossi
Founded 1994
Dissolved 1995
Succeeded by Pole for Freedoms
Political position Centre-right to Right-wing
Politics of Italy
Political parties
Elections

The Pole of Freedoms (Italian: Polo delle Libertà) was a centre-right electoral alliance in Italy, launched at the 1994 general election by Silvio Berlusconi.

The alliance was composed primarily of Forza Italia and the Lega Nord, but also included Christian Democratic Centre and the Union of the Centre. The Pole of Freedoms was present only in Northern Italy, while the Pole of Good Government, composed of Forza Italia and the National Alliance, was present in Southern Italy. The National Alliance appeared on ballots individually in the North.

However, the term "Pole of Freedoms" (as that of "Pole of Good Government") had no official character: the logo that identified the coalition included just the symbols of the lists that were part of the alliance (furthermore, this symbol was only present for the election of the Senate).

After the fall of the Berlusconi I Cabinet because of disagreements with the Lega Nord, the alliance ended. Afterwards Forza Italia, the National Alliance and Christian Democratic Centre formed another coalition, the Pole for Freedoms, which in 2001, after the re-entry of Lega Nord, was renamed the House of Freedoms.

Election results[edit]

Italian Parliament[edit]

Chamber of Deputies
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
1994 18,200,270 (#1) 46.1
366 / 630
Silvio Berlusconi
Senate of the Republic
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
1994 14,110,705 (#1) 42.5
156 / 315
Silvio Berlusconi