Lega Autonomia Veneta

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The Lega Autonomia Veneta (Venetian Autonomy League, LAV) was a centre-left regionalist political party in Veneto.

The party was composed mainly of dissidents from Liga Veneta, but nevertheless its long-standing leaders were Mario Rigo, a former Mayor of Venice (1975–1985) and MEP (1984–1989) for the Italian Socialist Party,[1] and Oscar De Bona, Socialist President of the Province of Belluno since 1990.

In the 1990 regional election the party won 0.9% of the vote, but, as Liga Veneta–Lega Nord boomed in the early 1990s, also LAV increased its share of votes, gaining 5-6% of the vote in Senate elections. Rigo was elected for the party to the Chamber of Deputies (along with Pierluigi Ronzani to the Senate) in 1992 and to the Senate in 1996 (in coalition with The Olive Tree).[2][3] De Bona was re-elected President of the Province of Belluno for LAV and Dolomitic Agreement in 1995 and 1999, prior to joining the New Italian Socialist Party and the centre-right House of Freedoms.[4][5]

In 1997 LAV was merged, at the regional level, with the North-East Movement of Massimo Cacciari, while, at the national level, it became the League of Regions. The Movement of Cacciari was merged into The Democrats in 1999 and the League of Rigo disappeared by 2001.

Popular support[edit]

The electoral results of the party in Veneto are shown in the table below. For general elections the results refer to the Senate election.

1990 regional 1992 general 1994 general 1994 European 1995 regional 1996 general 1999 European
0.9 5.0 6.0 1.2 2.9[6] -[7] 0.3[8]


  1. ^ Francesco Jori, Dalla Łiga alla Lega. Storia, movimenti, protagonisti, Marsilio, Venice 2009, p. 75
  2. ^ Ministry of the Interior – Historical Electoral Archive
  3. ^ Francesco Jori, Dalla Łiga alla Lega. Storia, movimenti, protagonisti, Marsilio, Venice 2009, pp. 80-81, 90, 99
  4. ^ http://www.oscardebona.com/biografia.html
  5. ^ http://www.openpolis.it/politico/4649
  6. ^ Along with Giorgio Panto's New Italy.
  7. ^ The party was an ally of The Olive Tree in Veneto.
  8. ^ In list with the Sardinian Action Party at the national level.