Politics of Basilicata

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The Politics of Basilicata, 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 6, including a Vice President.[1]

List of Presidents

Presidents of Basilicata
President Party Term Legislature
Vincenzo Verrastro DC 1970–1975 I Legislature
Vincenzo Verrastro DC 1975–1980 II Legislature
Vincenzo Verrastro DC 1980–1982 III Legislature
Carmelo Azzarà DC 1982–1985 III Legislature
Gaetano Michetti DC 1985–1990 IV Legislature
Antonio Boccia DC/PPI 1990–1995 V Legislature
Angelo Raffaele Dinardo PPI 1995–2000 VI Legislature
Filippo Bubbico DS 2000–2005 VII Legislature
Vito De Filippo DL/PD 2005–2010 VIII Legislature
Vito De Filippo PD 2010–2013 IX Legislature
Marcello Pittella PD 2013–present X Legislature

Legislative branch

The Regional Council of Basilicata (Consiglio Regionale della Basilicata) is composed of 30 members. 24 councillors are elected in provincial constituencies by proportional representation using the largest remainder method with a Droop quota and open lists, while 6 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 3 candidates from the regional list will be chosen and the number of those elected in provincial constituencies will be 26. 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]

Parties and elections

Latest regional election

In the latest regional election, which took place on 16–17 November 2013, Marcello Pittella of the Democratic Party (PD) was elected President by a landslide.

Candidates & parties votes votes (%) seats
reg. list
prov. lists
Marcello Pittella 148,696 59.60 3 10
Democratic Party 58,730 24.84 4
Pittella President 37,861 16.01 3
Italian Socialist Party 17,680 7.48 1
Reality Italy 14,012 5.93 1
Democratic Centre (incl. United Populars) 11,938 5.05 1
Italy of Values 8,160 3.45 0
Tito Di Maggio 48,370 19.39 1 4
The People of Freedom 29,022 12.27 2
Civic ChoiceBrothers of ItalyGreat South 12,033 5.09 1
Union of the Centre 9,002 3.81 1
Moderates in Revolution 847 0.36 0
Piernicola Pedicini 32,919 13.19 - 2
Five Star Movement 21,219 8.97 2
Maria Murante 12,888 5.17 - 1
Left Ecology Freedom (incl. PRC) 12,204 5.16 1
Florenzo Doino 2,178 0.87 - -
Workers' Communist Party 869 0.37 0
Manuello Doriano 1,917 0.77 - -
Matera Moves 1,370 0.58 0
Franco Grillo 1,300 0.52 - -
Work and Pensions 799 0.34 0
Elisabetta Zamparutti 1,215 0.49 - -
Rose in the Fist 724 0.31 0
Total 249,483 100.00 4 17

Source: Ministry of the Interior


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