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Italian Republican Party, Italy

Partito Repubblicano Italiano

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image by M. Schmöger, 25 April 2013



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Overview

PRI ("Partito Repubblicano Italiano" = Italian Republican Party www.pri.it) - Founded back in 1895, the PRI is the second-oldest party in Italy. It is a laical, left-liberal party, that has, however, taken part in most of the DC-led governments until 1992. In 1981-1983 Giovanni Spadolini, the leader of the party, even became Italian prime minister of a five-party coalition. Different from other parties of the old system, it was not struck so much by the scandals around 1992. However, there occurred several fissions, the products of which usually allied themselves with the center-left coalition. As being closer to the left, the remaining PRI itself allied in 1996 with the left-center coalition "L'Ulivo" of Romano Prodi. Not much, however, has been heard of the PRI recently. For quite some time the main symbol of the PRI has been the ivy leaf. The current logo shows the ivy leaf on a white background, surrounded by the name of the party in green letters. Logo at cedweb.mininterno.it:8890. Being one of the oldest Italian parties, there are some fotos of historical banners of local PRI branches on the web. These feature (on a red or black field) inscriptions, portraits, a sun, but also always ivy twigs. See consiglio.regione.emilia-romagna.it.
M. Schmöger, 7 August 2002

PRI (Partito Repubblicano Italiano = Italian Republican Party)

Different from other parties in the old system (of the First Republic), it was not dissolved in the early 1990s, but has remained a small and rather insignificant party. After several splits and re-unifications, it has had parliamentary representation only when inserting candidates on the lists of one of the bigger parties (like PdL in 2008). Currently it holds no seats in the Camera dei Deputati or the Senato.
The symbol has always been the ivy leaf. Most flags show a green leaf on red, with some variations. One older version shows the leaf with black veining [1,2].
A more recent version, nowadays seen more frequently, adds the party name (in green) in a semicircle and has white veining [3,4,5].

Sources:
[1] flag no. 48 in Italian political flags collection Schmöger, received 2006 from PRI headquarters, Roma
[2] L'Espresso 11 January 2001, p. 50
[3] flag no. 173 in Italian political flags collection Schmöger, received 2010 from PRI headquarters, Roma
[4] http://lucabagatin.ilcannocchiale.it/mediamanager/sys.user/12736/bagatin%20pri.jpg
[5] http://www.rietinvetrina.it/sito_provinciali_2009/galleria_foto/partito_repubblicano_italiano_incontro_pubblico.jpg

M. Schmöger, 25 April 2013


Variant flag

image by M. Schmöger, 25 April 2013


Detail of logo

image by M. Schmöger, 7 August 2002