Politics of Piedmont

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The Politics of Piedmont, Italy takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democracy, whereby the President of Regional Government is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the Regional Government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Regional Council.


The Regional Government (Giunta Regionale) is presided by the President of the Region (Presidente della Regione), who is elected for a five-year term and is composed by the President and the Ministers, who are currently 14, including a Vice President (Vice Presidente).[1]

List of Presidents[edit]

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This is the list of Presidents of Piedmont since 1970.

President of Piedmont (1970-present)[edit]

President Took office Left office Party
1 Regione-Piemonte-Stemma.svg Edoardo Calleri 23 July 1970 21 December 1973 Christian Democracy
2 Regione-Piemonte-Stemma.svg Gianni Oberto Tarena 21 December 1973 21 July 1975 Christian Democracy
3 Regione-Piemonte-Stemma.svg Aldo Viglione 21 July 1975 28 July 1980 Italian Socialist Party
4 Regione-Piemonte-Stemma.svg Ezio Enrietti 28 July 1980 15 July 1983 Italian Socialist Party
(3) Regione-Piemonte-Stemma.svg Aldo Viglione 15 July 1983 1 August 1985 Italian Socialist Party
5 Regione-Piemonte-Stemma.svg Vittorio Beltrami 1 August 1985 25 June 1990 Christian Democracy
6 Regione-Piemonte-Stemma.svg Gian Paolo Brizio 25 June 1990 12 June 1995 Christian Democracy
7 Regione-Piemonte-Stemma.svg Enzo Ghigo 12 June 1995 4 April 2005 Forza Italia
8 Mercedes Bresso, presidenta del Comité de las Regiones reunida con el lehendakari Patxi López en el palacio de Ajuria Enea.jpg Mercedes Bresso 4 April 2005 29 March 2010 Democrats of the Left then
Democratic Party
9 Roberto Cota - 2011.jpg Roberto Cota 29 March 2010 9 June 2014 Lega Nord
10 Chiamparino.jpg Sergio Chiamparino 9 June 2014 Incumbent Democratic Party

Legislative branch[edit]

The Regional Council of Piedmont (Consiglio Regionale del Piemonte) is composed of 60 members. 48 councilors are elected in provincial constituencies by proportional representation using the largest remainder method with a Droop quota and open lists, while 12 councillors (elected in bloc) come from a "regional list", including the President-elect. One seat is reserved for the candidate who comes second. If a coalition wins more than 50% of the total seats in the Council with PR, only 6 candidates from the regional list will be chosen and the number of those elected in provincial constituencies will be 54. If the winning coalition receives less than 40% of votes, special seats are added to the Council to ensure a large majority for the President's coalition.[2]

The Council is elected for a five-year term, but, if the President suffers a vote of no confidence, resigns or dies, under the simul stabunt, simul cadent clause introduced in 1999 (literally they will stand together or they will fall together), also the Council is dissolved and a snap election is called.[3]


Latest regional election[edit]

The latest regional election took place on 25 May 2014. It was a snap election, prompted by the dissolution of the Regional Council by the Regional Administrative Tribunal on the grounds that one of the lists supporting the winner Roberto Cota (Lega NordPiemont) in the 2010 regional election had committed irregularities in filing the slates for the election.[4] Cota chose not to stand again for President and the parties composing his coalition failed to agree on a single candidate,[5] resulting in a landslide victory for Sergio Chiamparino, a Democrat who had been Mayor of Turin from 2001 to 2011.

Candidates & parties votes votes (%) seats
reg. list
prov. lists
Sergio Chiamparino 1,057,031 47.09 10 22
Democratic Party 704,541 36.17 17
Chiamparino President 94,615 4.85 2
Moderates 47,901 2.45 1
Left Ecology Freedom 40,873 2.09 1
Civic Choice 29,313 1.50 1
Italy of Values 13,658 0.70 0
Gilberto Pichetto Fratin 495,993 22.09 1 8
Forza Italia 302,743 15.57 6
Lega Nord Piemont 141,741 7.27 2
Pensioners' Party 13,837 0.71 0
Civic List for Piedmont 8,853 0.45 0
Greens Greens 5,435 0.27 0
United Rights (incl. LD, FLI, etc.) 5,004 0.25 0
Great South 1,676 0.08 0
Davide Bono 481,453 21.45 8
Five Star Movement 396,295 20.34 8
Guido Crosetto 117,807 5.24 1
Brothers of Italy 72,776 3.73 1
Enrico Costa 67,025 2.98
New Centre-Right – Union of the Centre 49,059 2.51 0
Mauro Filingeri 25,193 1.12
The Other Piedmont to the Left 19,467 0.99 0
Total 2,244,502 100.00 11 39

Source: Ministry of the Interior


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