The Populars of Italy Tomorrow
|The Populars of Italy Tomorrow|
|Coordinator||Francesco Saverio Romano|
|Founded||28 September 2010|
|Headquarters||corso Vittorio Emanuele 229
|National affiliation||Popular Construction|
|European Parliament group||European People's Party|
|Sicilian Regional Assembly||Popular Construction)(as|
|Chamber of Deputies||PdL)(in the|
|Politics of Italy
PID was launched on 28 September 2010 by five splinter deputies (four from Sicily and one from Campania) of the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC) led by Francesco Saverio Romano, UDC leader in Sicily. They dissented with the party's support to Raffaele Lombardo's fourth regional government and chose to vote in favour of Silvio Berlusconi in a vote of confidence on 29 September in the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
It was a damaging split for the UDC in Sicily, the party's historical stronghold, as 7 regional deputies out of 10 chose to follow Romano and they were joined also by a splinter from the Movement for Autonomies, Lombardo's party. With 8 deputies, PID are the fifth largest party in the Regional Assembly. Behind the scenes, the party was supported by Salvatore Cuffaro, senator and former President of Sicily, who was forced to leave politics in January 2011 due to a 7-year conviction for mafia-related crimes.
On 20 October 2010, in the Chamber of Deputies, PID formed a joint group with We the South (NS) led by Luciano Sardelli (NS). On 20 January 2011 PID was a founding component of Responsible Initiative, a centre-right group in the Chamber, but Calogero Mannino refused to join it.
In 2012 the PID formed Popular Construction along with Popular Action, the Christian Movement of Workers and the Christian Extended Pact. The new party runs in Sicilian regional election of 2012, winning 5.9% of the votes and 4 regional deputies.