1886 Italian general election

General elections were held in Italy on 23 May 1886, with a second round of voting on 30 May.[1] The "ministerial" left-wing bloc emerged as the largest in Parliament, winning 292 of the 508 seats.[2] As in 1882, the elections were held using small multi-member constituencies of between two and five seats.[3]

1886 Italian general election

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All 508 seats in the Chamber of Deputies
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Agostino Depretis.jpg Silvio Spaventa (cropped).jpg Felice Cavallotti.jpg
Leader Agostino Depretis Silvio Spaventa Felice Cavallotti
Party Historical Left Historical Right Historical Far Left
Seats won 292 145 45
Seat change Increase3 Decrease2 Increase1

Prime Minister before election

Agostino Depretis
Historical Left

Elected Prime Minister

Agostino Depretis
Historical Left


The Historical Left was led by the Prime Minister of Italy, Agostino Depretis, a prominent member of the Italian politics for decades. Depretis had been head of the government since 1881 and also from 1876 to 1879.

The leader of the Historical Right was Antonio Starabba di Rudinì, a conservative marchese from Sicily.

The Historical Far-Left was led by Felice Cavallotti, a famous Italian poet.

The Left emerged as the largest in Italian Parliament, winning 292 of the 508 seats, before the Right, which gained 145 seats.[4] As in 1882, the election was held using small multi-member constituencies with between two and five seats.[3]

Parties and leadersEdit

Party Ideology Leader
Historical Left Liberalism Agostino Depretis
Historical Right Conservatism Silvio Spaventa
Historical Far Left Radicalism Felice Cavallotti
Dissident Left Progressivism Giuseppe Zanardelli


Historical Left292+3
Historical Right145−2
Historical Far Left45+1
Dissident Left26+7
Valid votes1,399,07298.82
Invalid/blank votes16,7291.18
Total votes1,415,801100.00
Registered voters/turnout2,420,32758.50
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A Data Handbook, p. 1047 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p. 1082
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p. 1030
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p. 1082