Politics of Liguria

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The Politics of Liguria, 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 11, including a Vice President.[1]

List of Presidents

Presidents of Liguria
President Party Term Legislature
Gianni Dagnino DC 1970–1975 I Legislature
Angelo Carossino PCI 1975–1979 II Legislature
Armando Magliotto PCI 1979–1980
Giovanni Persico PRI 1980–1981 III Legislature
Alberto Teardo PSI 1981–1983
Rinaldo Magnani PSI 1983–1985
Rinaldo Magnani PSI 1985–1990 IV Legislature
Giacomo Gualco DC 1990–1992 V Legislature
Edmondo Ferrero DC 1992–1994
Giancarlo Mori PPI 1994–1995
Giancarlo Mori PPI 1995–2000 VI Legislature
Sandro Biasotti FI 2000–2005 VII Legislature
Claudio Burlando DS/PD 2005–2010 VIII Legislature
Claudio Burlando PD 2010–2015 IX Legislature
Giovanni Toti FI 2015–present X Legislature

Legislative branch

The Regional Council of Liguria (Consiglio Regionale della Liguria) 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]

Parties and elections

Latest regional election

In the latest regional election, which took place on 31 May 2015, Giovanni Toti of Forza Italia, supported also by Lega Nord Liguria, was elected President in a three-way race with Raffaella Paita of the Democratic Party and Alice Salvatore of the Five Star Movement.

Candidates & parties votes votes (%) seats
reg. list
prov. lists
Giovanni Toti 226,710 34.44 6+1 9
Lega Nord Liguria 109,209 20.25 5
Forza Italia 68,286 12.66 3
Brothers of Italy 16,562 3.07 1
Popular Area (incl. NCD and UdC) 9,269 1.71 -
Raffaella Paita 183,272 27.84 1 7
Democratic Party 138,257 25.63 7
Ligurians for Paita 17,060 3.16 -
Change Liguria 8,330 1.54 -
Alice Salvatore 163,527 24.84 6
Five Star Movement 120,219 22.29 6
Luca Pastorino 61,988 9.41 1
Network to the Left (incl. SEL, PRC, PdCI) 22,093 4.09 1
Pastorino List 13,500 2.50 -
Enrico Musso 10,667 1.62
Free Liguria 8,408 1.55 -
Matteo Piccardi 5,136 0.78
Workers' Communist Party 3,036 0.56 -
Antonio Bruno 4,855 0.73
Other Liguria 3,937 0.73 -
Mirella Batini 2,016 0.30
Women Brotherhood 1,084 0.20 -
Total 658,171 100.00 8 23

Source: Ministry of the Interior


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