Ticino League

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Ticino League
French name Ligue des Tessinois
Italian name Lega dei Ticinesi
Founded 1991
Headquarters Via Monte Boglia 3,
CH-6900 Lugano
Membership  (2011) 1,500[1]
Ideology Right-wing populism[2] Euroscepticism
National conservatism
Political position Right-wing
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
Colours Blue, Red
National Council
2 / 200
Council of States
0 / 46
Cantonal legislatures
21 / 90
Politics of Switzerland
Political parties
Swiss Federal Council
Federal Chancellor
Federal Assembly
Council of States (members)
National Council (members)

The Ticino League (Italian: Lega dei Ticinesi) is an isolationist, national conservative political party in Switzerland active in the canton of Ticino.

In 1991, after some public campaigning in the Sunday journal Mattino della Domenica against political power and use of public money, the editor Giuliano Bignasca and the director Flavio Maspoli founded the Ticino League to continue the fight at the political level. Bignasca (1945–2013) was the League's "president for life".

The League is one of four major parties in the canton, alongside FDP.The Liberals, the Christian Democratic People's Party, and the Social Democratic Party. Since 1991, the party has been represented in the National Council and in the five-member cantonal Ticino executive (the Council of State, Consiglio di Stato) with two seats. In the 90-seat Ticino legislature, (the Grand Council, Gran Consiglio) the party has 21 seats.

At the last federal election in 2011, the party won only 0.8% of the popular vote and 2 out of 200 seats. This was an increase from the 0.5% and 1 seat that had been won in 2007.[4] In 2003, it held one seat (out of 200) in the Swiss National Council (the first chamber of the Swiss parliament). It was not represented in the second chamber nor on the Swiss Federal Council (executive body).

In the Federal Assembly, the League sits with the Swiss People's Party. The party has some ties with the regional and federalist northern Italian rightist party Lega Nord.


  • Mazzoleni, Oscar (2005). Multi-Level Populism and Centre-Periphery Cleavage in Switzerland: The Case of the Lega dei Ticinesi. Challenges to Consensual Politics: Democracy, Identity, and Populist Protest in the Alpine Region (Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang). pp. 209–228. 

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  1. ^ Der Bund kurz erklärt (in German). Swiss Confederation. 2011. p. 21. 
  2. ^ "Nationales Forschungsprogramm 40+". 
  3. ^ Total number of seats represents the Ticino Parliament, not the total number of cantonal parliament seats in Switzerland.
  4. ^ "Nationalrat 2007". 

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