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The Sgarbi Liberals (Liberal Sgarbi), also known as I Liberal – Sgarbi (The Liberals – Sgarbi) and Liberal Sgarbi – I Libertari (Sgarbi Liberals – The Libertarians), were a minor personalist-liberal political party in Italy.
The party was founded in March 1999 by Vittorio Sgarbi, a member of the Chamber of Deputies first elected in 1992 with the Italian Liberal Party, who later joined Forza Italia (1994), the Federalist Party (1995) and the Pannella-Sgarbi List (1996). In the 1999 European Parliament election, thanks to a new electoral pact with Forza Italia, Sgarbi was elected to the European Parliament and served there for two years. In 2001 he was re-elected to the Chamber of Deputies for Forza Italia.
In the 2004 European Parliament election the party formed a joint list with the Italian Republican Party, gainining 0.7% and no MEPs. In 2006 general election, it sided with the centre-left The Union coalition and was part of the Consumers' List, along with the Southern Democratic Party, but Sgarbi failed to be re-elected. In the same year's municipal election of Milan the party supported Letizia Moratti, who was elected mayor for the House of Freedoms coalition.
- Liberal can be plural in Italian, hence "Sgarbi Liberals"; however "Liberals Sgarbi", with or without hyphen, and "Liberal Sgarbi" might be plausible translations too. See, for instance, http://www.radioradicale.it/scheda/115108/115768-presentazione-della-lista-i-liberal-sgarbi-per-le-prossime-elezioni-regionali-org-c-o-hotel-naziona (1999) and http://elezionistorico.interno.it/index.php?tpel=E&dtel=12/06/2004&tpa=Y&tpe=A&lev0=0&levsut0=0&es0=S&ms=S (2004).