Centre-right coalition

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Centre-right coalition
Coalizione di centrodestra
Leaders Silvio Berlusconi
Giorgia Meloni
Matteo Salvini
Founded 18 November 2007
Preceded by House of Freedoms
Political position Centre-right
Colours Blue
Chamber of Deputies
90 / 630
Senate
65 / 315
European Parliament
19 / 73
Regional Government
3 / 20

Centre-right coalition (Italian: Coalizione di centrodestra) refers to a political alliance of political parties in Italy, which contested the 2008 and the 2013 general elections under the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi, three-times Prime Minister of Italy. The centre-right coalition is the successor to the House of Freedoms, which had existed from 2000 to 2008.

2008 general election[edit]

The coalition was launched after the dissolution of the House of Freedoms as a result of the merger between Forza Italia, National Alliance and minor parties to form The People of Freedom (PdL),[1] which continued its alliance with Lega Nord.[2] In the 2008 general election the coalition, whose leader and prime ministerial candidate was Berlusconi, was composed as follows:

Party Ideology Leader
The People of Freedom (PdL) Liberal conservatism Silvio Berlusconi
Lega Nord (LN) Regionalism Umberto Bossi
Movement for Autonomy (MpA) Regionalism Raffaele Lombardo

2013 general election[edit]

The coalition ran also for the 2013 general election, under Berlusconi's leadership.[3] In the event, it included, among others:

Party Ideology Leader
The People of Freedom (PdL) Liberal conservatism Silvio Berlusconi
Lega Nord (LN) Regionalism Roberto Maroni
Brothers of Italy (FdI) National conservatism Giorgia Meloni
The Right (LD) Italian nationalism Francesco Storace
Movement for the Autonomies (MpA) Regionalism Raffaele Lombardo
Great South (GS) Regionalism Gianfranco Micciché
Pensioners' Party (PP) Pensioners' interests Carlo Fatuzzo
Moderates in Revolution (MiR) Christian democracy Gianpiero Samorì

Current composition[edit]

In 2013 Berlusconi refounded Forza Italia. Most of the Christian-democratic faction of the former PdL, led by Angelino Alfano, left to form the New Centre-Right. The coalition, which functions only at local level, is composed of the following parties:

Party Ideology Leader
Lega Nord (LN) Regionalism, Populism Matteo Salvini
Us with Salvini (NcS)
Forza Italia (FI) Liberal conservatism Silvio Berlusconi
Brothers of Italy (FdI) National conservatism Giorgia Meloni
The Right (LD) National conservatism Francesco Storace

Electoral results[edit]

Italian Parliament[edit]

Chamber of Deputies
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2008 17,064,506 (#1) 46.8
344 / 630
Silvio Berlusconi
2013 9,923,109 (#2) 29.2
125 / 630
Decrease 219 Silvio Berlusconi
Senate of the Republic
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2008 15,508,899 (#1) 47.3
174 / 315
Silvio Berlusconi
2013 9,405,679 (#2) 30.7
117 / 315
Decrease 57 Silvio Berlusconi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Italy returns Berlusconi to power". BBC News. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Daniele Albertazzi; Duncan McDonnell (2015). Populists in Power. Routledge. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-317-53503-4. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Italian election results: gridlock likely – as it happened". Guardian. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013.