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Italian Liberal Party, Italy

Partito Liberale Italiano

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image by M. Schmöger, 24 April 2013

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PLI (Partito Liberale Italiano = Italian Liberal Party)

The original PLI was founded in 1922, but dissolved in 1994. There were several small and unsuccessful successor parties, but most members switched to Berlusconi's Forza Italia. The new PLI was founded in 2004, but remained largely unsuccessful. It currently holds no seats in the Camera dei Deputati or the Senato.
The party symbol (that has only slightly changed over the years) shows the party abbreviation in black under a fluttering Italian flag, around the edge the full party name. The mainly used flag is yellow with the logo [1,2,3].


M. Schmöger, 24 April 2013

1922-1994 party

image by M. Schmöger, 7 August 2002

PLI ("Partito Liberale Italiano" = Italian Liberal Party - Founded back in 1922, the PLI was one of the smaller parties in the old party system until 1992. However, this basically right-liberal party (the left-liberal ideas could be found in the PRI and the "Partito Radicale") took part in most of the DC-led governments of that era. After 1992 the party, struck by many scandals, almost disappeared, especially as many of the prominent members either directly became member of the "Forza Italia" or founded small parties supporting the FI in the center-right coalitions (for instance the "Unione di Centro" led by Costa and Biondi). The logo shows (on a white field) a big black letter "L" with a waving tricolore, beneath the inscription "Partito Liberale".
M. Schmöger, 7 August 2002

Previous Flag

image by M. Schmöger, 7 August 2002

At least in former times the PLI had a flag, namely the Italian tricolore with the black letters "PLI" on it. This is shown in [smi75g], p. 340.
M. Schmöger, 7 August 2002