|French name||Ligue des Tessinois|
|Italian name||Lega dei Ticinesi|
|Headquarters||Via Monte Boglia 3,
|Ideology||Right-wing populism, Euroscepticism,
|Council of States|
|Politics of Switzerland
Swiss Federal Council
Council of States (members)
National Council (members)
In 1991, after some public campaigning in the Sunday journal Mattino della Domenica against political power and use of public money, the editor Giuliano Bignasca and the director Flavio Maspoli founded the Ticino League to continue the fight at the political level. Bignasca (1945–2013) was the League's "president for life".
The League is one of four major parties in the canton, alongside FDP.The Liberals, the Christian Democratic People's Party, and the Social Democratic Party. Since 1991, the party has been represented in the National Council and in the five-member cantonal Ticino executive (the Council of State, Consiglio di Stato) with two seats. In the 90-seat Ticino legislature, (the Grand Council, Gran Consiglio) the party has 21 seats.
At the last federal election in 2011, the party won only 0.8% of the popular vote and 2 out of 200 seats. This was an increase from the 0.5% and 1 seat that had been won in 2007. In 2003, it held one seat (out of 200) in the Swiss National Council (the first chamber of the Swiss parliament). It was not represented in the second chamber nor on the Swiss Federal Council (executive body).
- Mazzoleni, Oscar (2005). "Multi-Level Populism and Centre-Periphery Cleavage in Switzerland: The Case of the Lega dei Ticinesi". Challenges to Consensual Politics: Democracy, Identity, and Populist Protest in the Alpine Region (Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang). pp. 209–228.
- Official website (in Italian)
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