Lega Nord Emilia

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Lega Nord Emilia
Secretary Fabio Rainieri
President Pietro Pisani
Founded 1989
Ideology Federalism
National affiliation Lega Nord
Legislative Assembly
of Emilia-Romagna
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Politics of Emilia-Romagna
Political parties
Proposed flag of Emilia by Lega Nord Emilia

Lega Nord Emilia (English: Northern League Emilia, LNE) is a regionalist political party in Italy, active in the Emilian part of Emilia-Romagna. Formed in 1989, since 1991 it has been one of the "national" (hence, regional) sections forming Lega Nord.


The party was founded in 1989 by Giorgio Conca, a leading member of Lega Lombarda, and Carla Uccelli, as Emilian-Romagna League (Lega Emiliano-Romagnola, thus comprising also Romagna). Soon after the party was joined by Fabio Dosi, who was elected secretary. The party participated to the 1989 European Parliament election as part of the coalition Lega Lombarda – Alleanza Nord. In 1989–1990 it took part in the process of federating the Northern regionalist parties, ahead of the regional elections, taking the current name, upon the separation from Lega Nord Romagna (LNR). Since then LNE and LNR have been the two regional sections of Lega Nord in Emilia-Romagna.

From 2002 to 2012 the party was led by Angelo Alessandri, who served also as federal president of Lega Nord from 2005 to 2012. At the 2008 general election the party elected four deputies (including Alessandri and Gianluca Pini, leader of Lega Nord Romagna) and two senators (including Angela Maraventano, leader of Extreme South and Deputy-Mayor of Lampedusa).

In May 2012 Alessandri stepped down from secretary and was replaced by Fabio Rainieri, an ally of Roberto Maroni and one of the leaders of the party's agricultural wing. Rainieri, who had formerly been president, was elected with the support of 173 delegates at the party's congress, while his opponent Riad Ghelfi had secured just 93.[1][2][3] Some weeks later, Manes Bernardini, a party's rising star from Bologna, was elected president by the party's national council with 70% of the vote.[4] In November Alessandri left the party altogether.[5][6] At the same time a group of activists quit in order to join Matteo Renzi's campaign for the 2012 centre-left primary election.[7]

In June 2014 Pietro Pisani replaced Bernardini as national president.[8][9] Bernardini would leave the party altogether in October.[10]

In the 2014 regional election the joint list of LNE and LNR obtained its best result ever in a regionwide election (19.4%).[11]

Popular support[edit]

Lega Nord is usually stronger in Emilian provinces than in Romagna. In the 2014 regional election it did better in the provinces of Piacenza (28.2%), Parma (24.3%) and Ferrara (26.1%), having its stronghold in Bondeno (47.1%), the hometown of the party's leading candidate, Alan Fabbri.

The combined electoral results of Lega Nord Emilia and Lega Nord Romagna in Emilia-Romagna are shown in the table below.

1990 regional 1992 general 1994 general 1995 regional 1996 general 1999 European 2000 regional 2001 general 2004 European 2005 regional 2006 general 2008 general 2009 European 2010 regional 2013 general 2014 European 2014 regional
2.9 9.6 6.4 3.4 7.2 3.0 2.6 3.3 3.4 4.8 3.9 7.8 11.1 13.7 2.6 5.0 19.4



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