Italy is Popular
L'Italia è Popolare
LeaderGiuseppe De Mita
Founded11 November 2017
Split fromUnion of the Centre
IdeologyChristian democracy
Popularism
Political positionCentre
National affiliationPopular Civic List
Centre-left coalition
Chamber of Deputies
0 / 630
Senate
0 / 315
European Parliament
0 / 73
Regional Council of Campania
2 / 51
Website
www.italiaepopolare.it

Italy is Popular (Italian: L'Italia è Popolare, IP) is a Christian-democratic political party active in Italy.[1]

History

IP was launched as a split from the Union of the Centre (UdC) in November 2017 by Giuseppe De Mita, nephew of Ciriaco De Mita, a former leader of Christian Democracy and Prime Minister of Italy during 1980s. For the 2017 Sicilian regional election the UdC re-joined the centre-right coalition at the regional level.[2] Giuseppe De Mita criticised the decision, was relinquished as UdC's deputy secretary,[3] and, along with his uncle Ciriaco and Marco Follini, launched IP.[4][5]

In December IP formed the Popular Civic List (CP), a centrist electoral list within the centre-left coalition, along with Popular Alternative (AP), Italy of Values (IdV), the Centrists for Europe (CpE), Solidary Democracy (DemoS), the Union for Trentino (UpT) and minor parties/groups. Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin was chosen as leader.[6][7][8]

In the 2018 general election CP obtained a mere 0.5% and no seats, except for a handful of elects in single-seat constituencies. De Mita was defeated in the single-seat constituency of Ariano Irpino, where he came third.[9]

References

  1. ^ "piumezzogiorno.it". www.piumezzogiorno.it.
  2. ^ "Sicilia: Udc, nessuna fibrillazione, Cesa lavora a unità centrodestra | UDC Italia". August 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "De Mita junior spacca l'Udc - ItaliaOggi.it".
  4. ^ "De Mita jr chiude a Berlusconi e dà l'addio all'Udc". Archivio - la Repubblica.it.
  5. ^ Agrippa, Angelo (June 11, 2017). "I De Mita radunano i fedelissimiE Cesa punta su Mocerino e Gargani". Corriere della Sera.
  6. ^ "Elezioni, Renzi attacca "l'innaturale alleanza popolari-populisti". Orlando chiede scelte condivise". la Repubblica. December 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Centrosinistra, c'è anche il terzo mini-alleato del Pd: Civica Popolare guidata dalla Lorenzin. Simbolo? Una margherita - Il Fatto Quotidiano". Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). 2017-12-29. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  8. ^ "Nasce "Civica Popolare", lista centrista alleata con il Pd: Lorenzin alla guida". Il Sole 24 ORE.
  9. ^ "Onda M5S, l'Irpinia volta le spalle a De Mita jr". ilGiornale.it. March 7, 2018.