Christian Popular Union

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Christian Popular Union
Unione Popolare Cristiana
Leader Antonio Satta
Founded August 2009
Ideology Christian democracy
Popularism
Political position Centre
National affiliation Popular Civic List
Centre-left coalition
Chamber of Deputies
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Senate
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European Parliament
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Regional Council of Sardinia
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The Christian Popular Union (Italian: Unione Popolare Cristiana, UPC) is a Christian-democratic political party in Italy.

The UPC was launched in August 2009 by Antonio Satta, a former Christian Democrat who had been the regional leader of UDEUR and, later, of the Sardinian Autonomist Populars. The party is based in Sardinia, but has a national structure, consisting primarily of former members of the UDEUR, notably including Gianfranco Saraca, Luca Bagliani, Danilo Bertoli, Sergio Deorsola, and Antonio Potenza (leader of Basilicata's United Populars).[1]

In the 2010 Sardinian provincial elections the party did especially well in northern Sardinia: 10.7% in Sassari and 6.2% in Olbia-Tempio.[2] Massimo Mulas, a regional councillor elected with the Sardinian Democratic Union in the 2009 regional election, joined the party during the legislature. In June 2012, through Mulas, the UPC joined the newly formed parliamentary group Sardinia Tomorrow, along with other centrist councillors.[3][4]

In the 2014 regional election the party won 1.7% of the vote[5] and one regional councillor, Gaetano Ledda.[6]

In 2015 the Council of State fixed the composition of the Regional Council and two more UPC members, Antonio Gaia and Piefranco Zanchetta, gained seats.[7][8] A month before, however, Ledda had left the party and joined The Base Sardinia.[9][10]

In the run-up of the 2018 general election the UPC joined the Popular Civic List (CP), a centrist electoral list within the centre-left coalition, comprising mainly Popular Alternative (AP), Italy of Values (IdV), the Centrists for Europe (CpE), Solidary Democracy (DeS), the Union for Trentino (UpT) and Italy is Popular (IP).[11] CP obtained a mere 0.5% and no seats.

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