Liberals for Italy

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Liberals for Italy (Liberali per l'Italia, LpI–PLI) is a liberal parliamentary party active in the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

The group was formed on 12 November 2011 by five disgruntled members of Silvio Berlusconi's The People of Freedom party and coalition: Roberto Antonione, Giustina Destro, Fabio Gava, Giancarlo Pittelli and Luciano Sardelli.[1] They were mainly former Liberals and Socialists who came out in opposition to Berlusconi just a few weeks before his final resignation on 12 November.[2][3][4][5] They soon formed an alliance with the new Italian Liberal Party (PLI), hence the LI–PLI acronym.[6][7][8]

In March 2012 Pittelli, the only former Christian Democrat of the group, left in order to join Great South.[1]

In April 2012 another former Christian Democrat, later member of the PdL, Angelo Santori, joined the group.[1]

In December 2012 the Liberals of LpI–PLI joined forces with Free Italy, another splinter group from the PdL, and formed a 10-strong section within the Mixed Group.[1]

Both Destro[2][9] and Gava[10] have announced they would join Future Italy, were Luca Cordero di Montezemolo to transform the think tank into a party.