Politics of Abruzzo

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The Politics of Abruzzo, 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 (Assessori), who are currently 10, including a Vice President.[1]

List of Presidents

Presidents of Abruzzo
President Party Term Legislature
Ugo Crescenzi DC 1970–1972 I Legislature
Giustino De Cecco DC 1972–1973 I Legislature
Ugo Crescenzi DC 1973–1974 I Legislature
Giustino De Cecco DC 1974–1975 I Legislature
Felice Spadaccini DC 1975–1977 II Legislature
Romeo Ricciuti DC 1977–1980 II Legislature
Romeo Ricciuti DC 1980–1981 III Legislature
Anna Nenna D'Antonio DC 1981–1983 III Legislature
Felice Spadaccini DC 1983–1985 III Legislature
Emilio Mattucci DC 1985–1990 IV Legislature
Rocco Salini DC 1990–1992 V Legislature
Vincenzo Del Colle DC/PPI 1992–1995 V Legislature
Antonio Falconio PPI 1995–2000 VI Legislature
Giovanni Pace AN 2000–2005 VII Legislature
Ottaviano Del Turco SDI/PD 2005–2008 VIII Legislature
Gianni Chiodi PdL December 15, 2008–May 25, 2014 IX Legislature
Luciano D'Alfonso PD December 15, 2008–Present IX Legislature

Legislative branch

The Regional Council of Abruzzo (Consiglio Regionale dell'Abruzzo) is composed of 40 members. 32 councillors are elected in provincial constituencies by proportional representation using the largest remainder method with a Droop quota and open lists, while 8 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 4 candidates from the regional list will be chosen and the number of those elected in provincial constituencies will be 36. 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]


Main article: Elections in Abruzzo

Latest regional election

In the latest regional election, which took place on 25 May 2014, Luciano D'Alfonso of the Democratic Party[4] defeated incumbent President Giovanni Chiodi of Forza Italia by a wide margin.[5]

Candidates & parties votes votes (%) seats
reg. list
prov. lists
Luciano D'Alfonso 319,887 46.26 1
Democratic Party 171,095 25,41 10
Easy and fast Region 36,996 5.50 2
Civic Abruzzo (incl. Reality Italy) 33,676 5.00 2
Democratic Centre 16,962 2.52 1
Left Ecology Freedom 16,151 2.40 1
Italy of Values (incl. PdCI) 14,306 2.12 1
Italian Socialist Party 11,666 1.73 0
Value Abruzzo 11,261 1.67 0
Gianni Chiodi 202,346 29.26 0
Forza Italia 112,215 16.67 4
New Centre-Right – Union of the Centre 40,219 5.98 1
Future Abruzzo 25,210 3.73 1
Brothers of Italy 19,548 2.90 0
Sara Marcozzi 148,035 21.41
Five Star Movement 143,779 21.36 6
Maurizio Acerbo 21,224 3.07
Another Region with Acerbo 20,221 3.01 0
Total 673,305 100.00 2 29

Source: Ministry of the Interior


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