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Venetian regional election, 2005

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The Venetian regional election of 2005 took place on 3-4 April 2005.

Giancarlo Galan (Forza Italia, House of Freedoms) was re-elected for the third time in a row President of the Region, but the support for him was diminished by the presence of a third candidate, Giorgio Panto, who picked votes both from the centre-right and the Venetist camps, and of a fourth candidate representing the far right, Roberto Bussinello.

Although Forza Italia remained the largest party in the Council and also in the Region as a whole (The Olive Tree was only an electoral alliance at the time and the three parties which were part of it formed separate groups in the Council), it suffered a serious decline in term of votes, from 30.3% of 2000 to 22.7%.

Venetist parties had a very good result: the combined score of Liga Veneta (14.7%), North-East Project (5.4%) and Liga Fronte Veneto (1.2%) was 21.3%, up from the 15.6% of 2000 (Liga Veneta 12.0%, Veneti d'Europa 2.4% and Fronte Marco Polo 1.2%).


e • d 
Candidates Regional lists Provincial lists Total
votes % seats Parties votes % swing seats party group
Giancarlo Galan 1,365,698 50.6 12 Forza Italia 523,176 22.7 -7.6 12 16 39
Liga VenetaLega Nord 337,535 14.7 +2.7 7 11
National Alliance 185,293 8.1 -1.7 4 6
Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 147,790 6.4 +0.3 3 5
New Italian Socialist Party 32,454 1.4 +0.7 1 1
Massimo Carraro 1,144,358 42.4 1 The Olive Tree 560,407 24.3 -2.8 13
For Veneto with Carraro 107,014 4.6 new 2 2
Communist Refoundation Party 80,350 3.5 +0.6 1 1
Federation of the Greens 69,062 3.0 +0.7 1 1
Party of Italian Communists 34,782 1.5 +0.5 1 1
Italy of Values 29,570 1.3 new - -
Liga Fronte Veneto 27,481 1.2 -2.4 - -
Consumers' List 15,667 0.7 new - -
UDEUR Populars 6,246 0.3 new - -
Giorgio Panto 162,037 6.0 - North-East Project 125,417 5.4 new - 2 2
Roberto Bussinello 28,649 1.1 - Social Alternative 20,426 0.9 new -
Total candidates 2,688,717 100.0 13 Total parties 2,306,814 100.0 = 47 60 60
Source: Regional Council of Veneto

Council composition

Members of the Regional Council of Veneto, 2005–2010


After the election, Giancarlo Galan formed his third government. Due to the new strength of Liga Veneta, which received about 2/3 of the vote for Forza Italia, the coalition balance was clearly changed in favour of Liga Veneta. This party had both the post of President of the Regional Council for Marino Finozzi and the most important ministry, the Health ministry, for Flavio Tosi (who was replaced by Francesca Martini in 2007).

Also the post of Vice President of Veneto went to a lighista, Luca Zaia, in place of Fabio Gava (Forza Italia), who had been also Minister of Health in second term. Forza Italia was indeed far less strong than in 2000, when it won 30.3% of the vote: in comparison with 2000, Forza Italia lost three regional deputies, while Liga Veneta had a net gain of four.

Galan III Government[1]
Ministry Minister Party
President Giancarlo Galan FI
Under-Secretary Leonardo Padrin (since 12 June 2007)[2] FI
Vice President Luca Zaia (until 6 June 2008)
Franco Manzato (since 6 June 2008)
Minister of Economy, Development and Innovation Fabio Gava (until 9 July 2008)
Vendemiano Sartor (since 9 July 2008)
Minister of Budget, Finances, International Relations Maria Luisa Coppola AN
Minister of Health Flavio Tosi (until 26 June 2007)
Francesca Martini (26 June 2007 – 6 June 2008)
Sandro Sandri (since 6 June 2008)
Minister of Security and Public Works Massimo Giorgetti AN
Minister of Social Affairs Antonio De Poli (until 28 July 2006)
Stefano Valdegamberi (since 9 November 2006)
Minister of Education Elena Donazzan AN
Minister of Transports and Infrastructures Renato Chisso FI
Minister of Agriculture and Tourism Luca Zaia (until 6 June 2008)
Franco Manzato (since 6 June 2008)
Minister of Environment Giancarlo Conta FI
Minister of Immigration Oscar De Bona NPSI
Minister of Territorial Affairs Renzo Marangon FI
Minister of Local Affairs Stefano Valdegamberi (until 9 November 2006)
Flavio Silvestrin (since 9 November 2006)


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