Lega Nord Emilia

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Lega Nord Emilia
SecretaryGianluca Vinci
PresidentGiovanni Tombolato
National affiliationLega Nord
Legislative Assembly
of Emilia-Romagna
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Proposed flag of Emilia by Lega Nord Emilia

Lega Nord Emilia (English: Northern League Emilia, LNE) is a regionalist political party in Italy, active in the Emilian part of Emilia-Romagna. Formed in 1989, since 1991 it has been one of the "national" (hence, regional) sections of Lega Nord.

The party's current national secretary is Gianluca Vinci, its president Giovanni Tombolato.


The party was founded in 1989 by Giorgio Conca, a leading member of Lega Lombarda, and Carla Uccelli, as Emilian-Romagna League (Lega Emiliano-Romagnola, LER), thus comprising also Romagna.

Soon after the LER was joined by Fabio Dosi, who was elected secretary.

The party participated to the 1989 European Parliament election as part of the coalition Lega Lombarda – Alleanza Nord.

In 1989–1990 the LER took part in the process of federating the Northern regionalist parties, ahead of the regional elections, taking the current name, upon the separation from Lega Nord Romagna (LNR). Since then LNE and LNR have been the two regional sections of Lega Nord in Emilia-Romagna, but continue to cooperate in regional politics.

From 2002 to 2012 the party was led by Angelo Alessandri, who served also as federal president of Lega Nord from 2005 to 2012. At the 2008 general election the party elected four deputies (including Alessandri and Gianluca Pini, leader of Lega Nord Romagna) and two senators (including Angela Maraventano, leader of Extreme South and Deputy-Mayor of Lampedusa).

In May 2012 Alessandri stepped down from secretary and was replaced by Fabio Rainieri, an ally of Roberto Maroni and one of the leaders of the party's agricultural wing. Rainieri, who had formerly been president, was elected with the support of 173 delegates at the party's congress, while his opponent Riad Ghelfi had secured just 93.[1][2][3] Some weeks later, Manes Bernardini, a party's rising star from Bologna, was elected president by the party's national council with 70% of the vote.[4] In November Alessandri left the party altogether.[5][6] At the same time a group of activists quit in order to join Matteo Renzi's campaign for the 2012 centre-left primary election.[7]

In June 2014 Pietro Pisani replaced Bernardini as national president.[8][9] Bernardini would leave the party altogether in October.[10]

In the 2014 regional election the joint list of LNE and LNR obtained its best result so far in a regionwide election (19.4%).[11]

In December 2015, during a national congress, Gianluca Vinci (204 votes) beat Matteo Rancan (143) and was elected secretary.[12][13] The vote was setback for Lega Nord's federal secretary Matteo Salvini, who supported Rancan: though not an anti-salviniano, Vinci was once close to Flavio Tosi, a Venetian leader who was ejected by Salvini from the party earlier that year, and a more independent figure.[14][15] In January 2016 Giovanni Tombolato was elected national president.

In the 2019 European Parliament election the party obtained 33.8%, its best result ever. In the 2020 Emilia-Romagna regional election LNE's Lucia Borgonzoni posed the strongest challenge so far to the dominant PD, but stopped at 43.6% and was defeated, while the League's list obtained 32.0%.

Popular support

Lega Nord is usually stronger in the outer provinces, both in Emilia and Romagna. In the 2019–2020 elections (European Parliament and Regional Council, respectively) it did better in the provinces of Piacenza (45.3% and 44.0%), Parma (38.8% and 36.5%), Ferrara (41.9% and 41.9%) and Rimini (36.5% and 34.5%).

The combined electoral results of Lega Nord Emilia and Lega Nord Romagna in Emilia-Romagna are shown in the tables below.

1990 regional 1992 general 1994 general 1995 regional 1996 general 1999 European 2000 regional 2001 general 2004 European 2005 regional 2006 general 2008 general 2009 European 2010 regional
2.9 9.6 6.4 3.4 7.2 3.0 2.6 3.3 3.4 4.8 3.9 7.8 11.1 13.7
2013 general 2014 European 2014 regional 2018 general 2019 European 2020 regional
2.6 5.0 19.4 19.2 33.8 32.0


External links


  1. ^ Lega, l’Emilia passa a un “maroniano” - Cronaca - Gazzetta di Reggio. Gazzettadireggio.gelocal.it (2012-05-28). Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  2. ^ Il Carroccio emiliano sceglie Rainieri è il nuovo segretario della Lega Nord Emilia - Bologna - Repubblica.it. Bologna.repubblica.it (2012-05-27). Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  3. ^ Ultime notizie da Reggio Emilia - Lega Nord, Fabio Rainieri eletto nuovo segretario dell'Emilia Archived 2012-05-30 at the Wayback Machine. Reggionline. Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  4. ^ Manes Bernardini Presidente Nazionale Archived 2012-06-21 at the Wayback Machine. Prov-bologna.leganord.org (2011-03-30). Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  5. ^ Lega Nord, si è dimesso il bossiano Angelo Alessandri - Il Fatto Quotidiano. Ilfattoquotidiano.it. Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  6. ^ Alessandri rompe con Maroni e lascia la Lega - Affaritaliani.it Archived 2012-11-17 at the Wayback Machine. Affaritaliani.libero.it. Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  7. ^ Emilia, esodo dalla Lega a Renzi - PRIMO PIANO - Italiaoggi. Italiaoggi.it. Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-09-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-09-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Zanchi, Andrea (20 October 2014). "Manes dice addio: "Questa non è più la mia Lega" - il Resto del Carlino". Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Dipartimento per gli Affari Interni e Territoriali". elezionistorico.interno.it. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Gianluca Vinci è il nuovo segretario regionale del Carroccio - Cronaca - Gazzetta di Reggio". 21 December 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Lega Nord Emilia, Vinci la spunta su Rancan per la segreteria". Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Matteo Salvini deus ex machina della Lega per le amministrative. Ma nei territori gli sfilano il partito dalle mani". 15 January 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Tutti i problemi di Salvini dentro la Lega Nord". 21 January 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2018.