Arturo Parisi

Arturo Mario Luigi Parisi
Minister of Defence
In office
17 May 2006  8 May 2008
Prime Minister Romano Prodi
Preceded by Antonio Martino
Succeeded by Ignazio La Russa
Personal details
Born (1940-09-13) 13 September 1940
San Mango Piemonte, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Democratic Party

Arturo Parisi (born 13 September 1940) is an Italian politician, leader of the Ulivist faction of the Democratic Party and four-time member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. He was also minister of defence in the cabinet of Prime Minister Romano Prodi from 2006 to 2008.


Parisi was born in San Mango Piemonte, Salerno, Campania on 13 September 1940. He moved soon with his family in Sassari, Sardinia. A strong supporter of Romano Prodi, in 1995 he founded with him the Olive Tree coalition, and on 30 November 1999 he won a by-election to replace him in the Italian Chamber of Deputies.[1] He also succeeded Prodi as president of The Democrats from 1999 to 2002, when the party was dissolved. He then became president of the Federal Assembly of the new Daisy party, and was re-elected to the Chamber in the 2001 general election.[2]

After being re-elected Deputy in the 2006 general election,[3] he was appointed Minister of Defence in the cabinet of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, a position he retained until 2008 when the governing Union coalition crumbled and new elections were called. Meanwhile, Parisi joined the new Democratic Party, formed in 2007 from the merger of the Daisy and the Democrats of the Left, as leader of the Ulivist faction. On 22 April 2008 he was elected deputy for the fourth time.[4]

After the resignation of party secretary Walter Veltroni, the Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Party convened on 21 February 2009 to elect a new leader. Parisi, Enrico Morando and Stefano Ceccanti presented a motion asking for the immediate calling of primary elections open to all members of the party. The motion was rejected, so the Assembly itself had to vote for the new secretary. Parisi ran for the post against former deputy secretary Dario Franceschini, but obtained just 92 votes out of 1,258.[5]


  1. "Italian Chamber of Deputies – XIII Legislature". Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  2. "Italian Chamber of Deputies – XIV Legislature". Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  3. "Italian Chamber of Deputies – XV Legislature". Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  4. "Italian Chamber of Deputies – XV Legislature". Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  5. "Italy's Left gets new leader". France 24. 21 February 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2009.

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Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Romano Prodi
Deputy for Bologna College 12
College abolished
Preceded by
Jointly held
Deputy for Sardinia
2001 onwards
Succeeded by
Jointly held
Party political offices
Preceded by
Romano Prodi
Secretary of the Democrats
Party dissolved
New title President of the Federal Assembly of the Daisy
Succeeded by
Willer Bordon
Political offices
Preceded by
Antonio Martino
Italian Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Ignazio La Russa
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