The Populars of Italy Tomorrow

The Populars of Italy Tomorrow (I Popolari di Italia Domani, PID) was a Christian-democratic political party in Italy whose power base was in Sicily. It is currently affiliated with Forza Italia.

The Populars of Italy Tomorrow
I Popolari di Italia Domani
LeaderFrancesco Saverio Romano
Founded28 September 2010
Dissolved4 January 2012
Split fromUnion of the Centre
Merged intoCantiere Popolare
HeadquartersCorso Vittorio Emanuele 229
00186 Rome
IdeologyChristian democracy
Political positionCentre to centre-right
International affiliationNone

PID was launched on 28 September 2010 by five splinter deputies (four from Sicily and one from Campania) of the Union of the Centre (UdC) led by Francesco Saverio Romano, the UdC leader in Sicily. They dissented with the party's support to Raffaele Lombardo's fourth regional government and chose to vote in favour of Silvio Berlusconi in a vote of confidence on 29 September in the Chamber of Deputies.[1][2]

It was a damaging split for the UdC in Sicily, the party's historical stronghold, as 7 regional deputies out of 10 chose to follow Romano, additionally joined by a splinter from the Movement for the Autonomies, Lombardo's party.[3][4][5] With 8 deputies, PID are the fifth largest party in the Regional Assembly. Behind the scenes, the party was supported by Salvatore Cuffaro, senator and former President of Sicily, who was forced to leave politics in January 2011 due to a 7-year conviction for mafia-related crimes.[6][7]

On 20 October 2010, in the Chamber of Deputies, PID formed a joint group with We the South (NS) led by Luciano Sardelli (NS).[8] On 20 January 2011 PID was a founding component of Responsible Initiative, a centre-right group in the Chamber, but Calogero Mannino refused to join it.[9][10]

In March Mannino finally left the party to start his own, which will be called Popular Initiative,[11] while Romano was appointed minister of Agriculture in Berlusconi IV Cabinet.[12]

In 2012 the PID formed Cantiere Popolare along with Popular Action, the Christian Movement of Workers and the Extended Christian Pact.[13] The new party ran in the Sicilian regional election of 2012, winning 5.9% of the votes and 4 regional deputies.[13][14]

In 2013 PID–Cantiere Popolare became an associate party of Forza Italia.[15][16]



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  2. ^ "Sicilia: Popolari per l'Italia, dubbi di legittimita' su Lombardo quater". Palermo Repubblica. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Ars, i cuffariani lasciano l'Udc nasce un nuovo gruppo, si chiama Pid". La Repubblica (in Italian). Palermo. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Index". QDS. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Deputazione PID". Ipopolariditaliadomani. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
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  7. ^ ""Favorì la mafia", verdetto definitivo Cuffaro si costituisce a Rebibbia". Corriere della Sera. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Agenzia Parlamentare per l'informazione politica ed economica". AgenParl. 20 October 2010. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Nascono i Responsabili con 2 prestiti Pdl ma governo non ha maggioranza assoluta". Il Messaggero. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Ecco i 21 responsabili pronti a difendere Berlusconi. Così cambiano i giochi nelle commissioni decisive". Il Sole 24 ORE. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Mannino, addio al Pid: "Nascerà movimento di ispirazione cattolica"". GDS. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Ministeri del Governo Letta". Governo Italiano. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Chi Siamo". Cantiere Popolare. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  14. ^ "Sicilia". Repubblica. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  15. ^ Il Pid-Cantiere Popolare si fonde con Forza Italia. Il senatore Ruvolo tra i firmatari del documento
  16. ^ Forza Italia, i dirigenti del Pid aderiscono al partito di Berlusconi