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The Politics of Umbria, one of the twenty first-level administrative divisions of the Italian Republic, 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 members (Assessori), who are currently 9, including a Vice President.[1]


Current composition

List of Presidents

Presidents of Umbria
President Party Term Legislature
Pietro Conti PCI 1970–1975 I Legislature
Pietro Conti PCI 1975–1976 II Legislature
Germano Marri PCI 1976–1980 II Legislature
Germano Marri PCI 1980–1985 III Legislature
Germano Marri PCI 1985–1987 IV Legislature
Francesco Mandarini PCI 1987–1990 IV Legislature
Francesco Mandarini PCI/PDS 1990–1992 V Legislature
Francesco Ghirelli PDS 1992–1993 V Legislature
Claudio Carnieri PDS 1993–1995 V Legislature
Bruno Bracalente PDS/DS 1995–2000 VI Legislature
Maria Rita Lorenzetti DS 2000–2005 VII Legislature
Maria Rita Lorenzetti DS/PD 2005–... VII Legislature

Legislative branch

The Regional Council of Umbria (Consiglio Regionale della Umbria) is composed of 30 members, of which 23 are elected in provincial constituencies with proportional representation, 6 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 3 candidates from the "regional list" will be elected and the number of those elected in provincial constituencies will be 26.[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

Parties and elections

Last regional election

In the last regional election, which took place on 3-4 April 2005, incumbent Maria Rita Lorenzetti (Democrats of the Left, then Democratic Party) defeated Pietro Laffranco (National Alliance) by a landslide.

Candidates & parties votes votes (%) seats
reg. list
prov. lists
Maria Rita Lorenzetti 316,770 63.0 3 16
The Olive Tree 207,417 45.2 12
Communist Refoundation Party 42,473 9.3 2
Party of Italian Communists 24,086 5.3 1
Federation of the Greens 10,664 2.3 1
UDEUR Populars 5,592 1.2 -
Pietro Laffranco 169,176 33.7 1 10
Forza Italia 72,480 15.8 5
National Alliance 62,903 13.7 4
Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 22,645 4.9 1
Marcello Ramadori 9,530 1.9 - -
New Italian Socialist Party 6,735 1.5 -
Luca Romagnoli 7,348 1.5 - -
Social Alternative 3,998 0.9 -
Total 502,824 100.0 4 26

Source: Ministry of the Interior

Other elections


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