Sardinian Reformers

Sardinian Reformers
Riformatori Sardi
Leader Massimo Fantola
Coordinator Michele Cossa
Founded 1993
Headquarters via Firenze, 20
09126 Cagliari
Ideology Regionalism
Christian democracy
Political position Centre
National affiliation Civic Choice
European affiliation none
International affiliation none
European Parliament group none
Chamber of Deputies
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The Sardinian Reformers (Italian: Riformatori Sardi, RS) is a regionalist, liberal and Christian-democratic political party in Sardinia, led by Massimo Fantola and Michele Cossa. The party, which has always been part of the centre-right at the Sardinian regional level, is a keen supporter of the free market, competition, globalization and a two-party system.[1]


The party emerged in 1993 as the Sardinian section of the Segni Pact. This list was launched by Mario Segni, a former Christian Democrat from Sardinia, and was composed of former Christian Democrats and Liberals.

When the Segni Pact entered The Olive Tree centre-left coalition in the run-up for the 1996 general election (through Italian Renewal), the RS gained some independence from the mother-party, and, when at the 1999 European Parliament election Segni formed a joint electoral list with National Alliance, some of their members looked closer to Forza Italia.

Led by Michele Cossa and Massimo Fantola, the RS were part of the centre-right in Sardinia since 1999 and, at the 2001 general election, Cossa was elected deputy in a single-seat constituency in Cagliari for the House of Freedoms coalition.

During the years in government of Silvio Berlusconi (2001–2006), the RS started to be critical of the centre-right. In 2003 the RS contributed to the foundation of the new national party of Mario Segni named Pact of Liberal Democrats. This party was on the ballot at the 2004 European Parliament election and won only a misere 0.5% (7.4% in Sardinia). In the same year RS won 5.9% of the vote at the regional election, having 4 Reformers elected to the Regional Council.

In the 2006 general election Fantola was elected senators for the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC), at the time member of the House of Freedoms, while Cossa, candidate for the Chamber of Deputies, failed to be elected. For the 2008 general election they tried to form an alliance with The People of Freedom, but talks failed.

At the 2009 regional election the party was part of the centre-right coalition in support of Ugo Cappellacci, who was elected President. The RS won 6.8% of the vote (having their strongholds in the provinces of Oristano and Olbia-Tempio, where they gained 10.0 and 8.7%, respectively[2]) and five regional councillors (including Cossa) plus one (Franco Meloni, a former leading member of the Sardinian Action Party) elected in Cappellacci's regional list.[3]

At the 2010 provincial elections the party was strongest in Oristano (9.0%), Olbia-Tempio (8.9%) and Cagliari (7.3%).[4] In 2011 Fantola was the centre-right candidate for mayor of Cagliari, but he was severely defeated by his left-wing opponent.[5]

In the 2013 general election the RS were part of Civic Choice and Reformer Pierpaolo Vargiu was elected to the Chamber.[6][7]

In the 2014 regional election, during which Cappellacci lost to Francesco Pigliaru, the RS won 6.0% of the vote and three regional councillors.[8]

The electoral results of the RS in Sardinia since 1994 are shown in the table below.

1994 general1994 European1994 regional1996 general1999 European1999 regional2001 general2004 European2004 regional2006 general2008 general2009 regional2009 European2013 general2014 regional


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