Politics of Apulia

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The Politics of Apulia, 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.


Main article: Government of Apulia

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 (Assessori), who are currently 14, including a Vice President.[1]

2010–2015 composition[edit]

Members of the Regional Government
Political Group Seats
Democratic Party Vice President and 6 assessors
Left Ecology Freedom President and 2 assessors
Italy of Values 1 assessor
Federation of the Left 1 assessor
others/independents 3 assessors

Source: Apulia Region – Regional Government

List of Presidents[edit]

Presidents of Apulia
President Party Term Legislature
Gennaro Trisorio Liuzzi DC 1970–1975 I Legislature
Nicola Rotolo DC 1975–1978 II Legislature
Nicola Quarta DC 1978–1980 II Legislature
Nicola Quarta DC 1980–1983 III Legislature
Angelo Monfredi DC 1983 III Legislature
Gennaro Trisorio Liuzzi DC 1983–1985 III Legislature
Salvatore Fitto DC 1985–1988 IV Legislature
Giuseppe Colasanto DC 1988–1990 IV Legislature
Michele Bellomo DC 1990–1992 V Legislature
Giovanni Copertino DC 1992–1993 V Legislature
Vito Savino DC 1993–1994 V Legislature
Giuseppe Martellotta DC/PPI 1994–1995 V Legislature
Salvatore Distaso FI 1995–2000 VI Legislature
Raffaele Fitto FI 2000–2005 VII Legislature
Nichi Vendola PRC/SEL 2005–2010 VIII Legislature
Nichi Vendola SEL 2010–... IX Legislature

Legislative branch[edit]

The Regional Council of Apulia (Consiglio Regionale della Puglia) is composed of 70 members and is elected with proportional representation plus a majority premium for the winning 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 vel simul cadent prevision (introduced in 1999), also the Council will be dissolved and there will be a fresh election.[3]

2010–2015 composition[edit]

Seats in the Regional Council
Political Group Leader Seats
Democratic Party 23
The People of Freedom 20
Left Ecology Freedom 11
Italy of Values 6
Apulia First 4
Union of the Centre 4
civic lists 8

Parties and elections[edit]

Latest regional election[edit]

In the latest regional election, which took place on 28–29 March 2010, the outgoing President Nichi Vendola of Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) was elected for a second-consecutive term, after having won the a primary election in which he beat a Democrat and having benefited from the split of the centre-right. Vendola's party, SEL, had a strong showing in the Region by coming third with 9.7% of the vote, after The People of Freedom (31.1%) and the Democratic Party (20.8%).

Candidates & parties votes votes (%) seats
Nichi Vendola 1,036,638 48.69 46
Democratic Party 410,395 20.75 23
Left Ecology Freedom (inc. PSI)[4] 192,604 9.74 11
Italy of Values 127,865 6.47 6
Apulia for Vendola 109,382 5.53 6
Federation of the LeftGreens 64,441 3.26 -
Bonino-Pannella List 6,005 0.30 -
Rocco Palese 899,590 42.25 26
The People of Freedom 615,064 31.10 20
Apulia First of All 139,379 7.05 4
The Apulians for Rocco Palese 95,070 4.81 2
Alliance of the Centre 11,047 0.56 0
Populars–UDEUR 9,125 0.46 0
Pensioners' Party 4,777 0.24 0
Adriana Poli Bortone 185,370 8.71 4
Union of the Centre 128,542 6.50 4
I South 57,901 2.93 -
Michele Rizzi 7,376 0.35 -
Communist Alternative Party 5,834 0.30 -
Total 2,128,974 100.00 76

Sources: Apulia Region and Corriere della Sera


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