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Roberto Formigoni

Assumed office 
Deputy Gianni Rossoni
Preceded by Paolo Arrigoni

Born 30 March 1947 (1947-03-30) (age 62)
Lecco, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party People of Freedom
Residence Milan
Alma mater Catholic University of Milan
Profession Politician

Roberto Formigoni (Lecco, 30 March 1947) is an Italian politician, and the current President of Lombardy Region, Italy.



Graduated in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Milan, he studied political economy at the Sorbonne, in Paris.

Roberto Formigoni began very early his political career in Christian Democracy, through youth movements such as Gioventù Studentesca and Communion and Liberation (of which he became the unofficial political spokesman).

In 1976 he founded the Popular Movement and was elected a deputy in both the European Parliament (with over 450 thousand votes) and Parliament of Italy. He was also the Vice-President of the European Parliament for five years and served as under-secretary for the Environment in the Italian government.

In 1990 he garnered attention when he was involved in a mission to Iraq which successfully concluded with the freeing of some Italian technicians who were hostages of the local government.

In 1995, founded with Rocco Buttiglione the United Christian Democrats party. In 1998 he moved to Forza Italia, when Buttiglione briefly decided to support the government of Massimo D'Alema.

He was elected as President of Lombardy in 1995.

Promoting a decidedly conservative platform on many issues, resulting in a political backlash from some liberal groups, President Formigoni was re-elected in 2000 carrying over 62% of the approximately 3.5 million votes, and in 2005.

He is runnig for re-election in March 2010. About one month before the elecrion day, some burocratical problems came out about the compilation of his electoral list.

His candidature, which would allow him a 4th mandate, has been contested by academics and left-wing politicians, as in disregard of Law n. 165/2004, that put a limit of two subsequent mandates to directly-elected Region Presidents. Formigoni was indirectly elected in 1995, but then directly elected in 2000 and 2005. He defends himself stating that the law was not in action when he was first directly elected in 2000, so he should be allowed a 4th mandate. If re-elected, his mandate may be overturned by judges later on[1][2].

Formigoni also sparked controversies when agreeing to put in his majority-premium list, granting her safe election, Nicole Minetti, former showgirl and actual dental hygienist of Silvio Berlusconi, who asked for a political seat for her[3].

See also


  1. ^ Vittorio Angiolini, professore ordinario di Diritto costituzionale dell'Università di Milano; Margherita Raveraira, Università di Perugia Il limite del doppio mandato alla immediata rielezione del Presidente della giunta regionale: una questione complessa,
  2. ^ Michele Ainis, La terza via di Errani e Formigoni, La Stampa, 25 gennaio 2010
  3. ^ Running for Parliament, the Italian showgirl who made Silvio Berlusconi smile again, Mail Online, 19 febbraio 2010

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