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The Politics of Abruzzo, 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.



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 10, including a Vice President.[1]


Current composition

List of Presidents

Presidents of Abruzzo
President Party Term Legislature
Ugo Crescenzi DC 1970–1972 I Legislature
Giustino De Cecco DC 1972–1973 I Legislature
Ugo Crescenzi DC 1973–1974 I Legislature
Giustino De Cecco DC 1974–1975 I Legislature
Felice Spadaccini DC 1975–1977 II Legislature
Romeo Ricciuti DC 1977–1980 II Legislature
Romeo Ricciuti DC 1980–1981 III Legislature
Anna Nenna D'Antonio DC 1981–1983 III Legislature
Felice Spadaccini DC 1983–1985 III Legislature
Emilio Mattucci DC 1985–1990 IV Legislature
Rocco Salini DC 1990–1992 V Legislature
Vincenzo Del Colle DC/PPI 1992–1995 V Legislature
Antonio Falconio PPI 1995–2000 VI Legislature
Giovanni Pace AN 2000–2005 VII Legislature
Ottaviano Del Turco SDI/PD 2005–2008 VIII Legislature
Gianni Chiodi PdL 2008–... IX Legislature

Legislative branch

The Regional Council of Abruzzo (Consiglio Regionale della Abruzzo) is composed of 40 members, of which 31 are elected in provincial constituencies with proportional representation, 8 from the so-called "regional list" of the elected President and the last one is for the candidate for President who comes second, who usually becomes the leader of the opposition in the Council. If a coalition wins more than 55% of the vote, only 4 candidates from the "regional list" will be elected and the number of those elected in provincial constituencies will be 35.[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 vel simul cadent prevision (introduced in 1999), also the Council will be dissolved and there will be a fresh election.[2]

Current composition


Last regional election

In the last regional election, which took place on 14-15 December 2008, Gianni Chiodi (The People of Freedom) was elected President, defeating Carlo Costantini (Italy of Values, supported also by the Democratic Party and several left-wing small parties).

Candidates & parties votes votes (%) seats
reg. list
prov. lists
Gianni Chiodi 295,371 48.8 8 19
The People of Freedom 190,919 35.2 15
Future AbruzzoChristian DemocracyLDPRI 40,256 7.4 3
Movement for Autonomy 18,040 3.3 1
New Italian Socialist Party 7,753 1.4 -
Carlo Costantini 258,199 42.7 1 15
Democratic Party 106,410 19.6 7
Italy of Values 81,557 15.0 5
Communist Refoundation Party 15,435 2.8 1
Federation of the GreensDemocratic Left 12,054 2.2 1
Party of Italian Communists 9,955 1.8 1
Socialist Party 9,387 1.7 -
Democrats for Abruzzo 7,507 1.4 -
Rodolfo De Laurentiis 32,604 5.4 - 2
Union of the CentreUDEUR 30,452 5.6 2
Teodoro Buontempo 11,514 1.9 - -
The Right 9,597 1.8 -
Others 7,416 1.2 - -
Total 605,104 100.0 9 36

Source: Ministry of the Interior

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