Pact for Italy

1994 Italian general election List of political parties in Italy Segni Pact
Pact for Italy

Patto per l'Italia
LeaderMariotto Segni
Mino Martinazzoli
FoundedJanuary 1994
DissolvedMarch 1995
IdeologyChristian democracy
Political positionCentre

The Pact for Italy (Italian: Patto per l'Italia) was a centrist political and electoral alliance in Italy launched by Mario Segni and Mino Martinazzoli in 1994.[1][2]


The alliance was composed of the Italian People's Party (PPI), the main successor party to Christian Democracy, the Segni Pact,[3] and remnants of the Italian Republican Party (PRI).[4]

Originally Lega Nord was to also join the alliance, but Lega Nord leader Umberto Bossi decided to join Silvio Berlusconi's Pole of Freedoms instead.[5][6]

The alliance finished third place in the 1994 general election, behind the centre-right Pole of Freedoms/Pole of Good Government and the left-wing Alliance of Progressives. The alliance returned 33 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.[7]

After the election, the alliance was disbanded. The PPI suffered a split of those who wanted to join Berlusconi's centre-right coalition (breaking from the PPI and forming the United Christian Democrats of Rocco Buttiglione) and those who wanted to ally with the left-wing Democratic Party of the Left (PDS).[8] The remaining PPI joined the PDS in the centre-left coalition The Olive Tree led by Romano Prodi.[8] Segni Pact become a minor force and formed the Pact of Democrats joint electoral list with Italian Renewal and the Italian Socialists for the 1996 general election in support of The Olive Tree.[9]


It was composed of the following political parties:

Party Ideology Leader
Italian People's Party (PPI) Christian democracy Mino Martinazzoli
Segni Pact (PS) Centrism Mariotto Segni

Electoral results

Chamber of Deputies
Election year Votes % Seats +/− Leader
1994 6,019,038 (3rd) 15.63
46 / 630
Mario Segni
Senate of the Republic
Election year Votes % Seats +/− Leader
1994 5,526,090 (3rd) 16.69
31 / 315
Mario Segni


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