Politics of Liguria

Independent politician Centre-right politics Giovanni Toti

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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.

Executive branch

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

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]

Local government


Province Inhabitants[4] President Party Election
Metropolitan City of Genoa 840,934 Marco Bucci Independent (centre-right) 2017
Province of Imperia 213,743 Fabio Natta Independent (centre-left) 2015
Province of La Spezia 219,693 Giorgio Cozzani Independent (centre-right) 2017
Province of Savona 276,261 Pierangelo Oliveri Independent (centre-right) 2018


Provincial capitals

Municipality Inhabitants[4] Mayor Party Election
Genoa 577,587 Marco Bucci Independent (centre-right) 2017
Imperia 42,506 Claudio Scajola Independent (centre-right) 2018
La Spezia 93,259 Pierluigi Peracchini Independent (centre-right) 2017
Savona 60,469 Ilaria Caprioglio Independent (centre-right) 2016

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.

31 May 2015 Ligurian regional election results
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Candidates Votes % Seats Parties Votes % Seats
Giovanni Toti 226,710 34.45 7 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, UdC) 9,269 1.72
Total 203,326 37.71 9
Raffaella Paita 183,272 27.85 1 Democratic Party 138,257 25.64 7
Ligurians for Paita 17,060 3.16
Change Liguria 8,330 1.54
Total 163,647 30.35 7
Alice Salvatore 163,527 24.85 Five Star Movement 120,219 22.29 6
Luca Pastorino 61,988 9.42 Network to the Left (incl. SEL, PRC, PCd'I) 22,093 4.10 1
Pastorino List 13,500 2.50
Total 35,593 6.60 1
Enrico Musso 10,667 1.62 Free Liguria 8,408 1.56
Matteo Piccardi 5,136 0.78 Workers' Communist Party 3,036 0.56
Antonio Bruno 4,855 0.74 Other Liguria Project 3,937 0.73
Mirella Batini 2,016 0.31 Women Brotherhood 1,084 0.20
Total candidates 658,171 100.00 8 Total parties 539,250 100.00 23
Source: Ministry of the Interior – Results


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ La Repubblica – Regional electoral law
  3. ^ Regional Council of Lombardy – 1999 Constitutional law
  4. ^ a b "Bilancio demografico anno 2018 (October 2018)". Istat. Retrieved 26 March 2018.