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Lega Nord

A pro-federalist political party based in Italy's prosperous northern regions. It became a powerful force in Italian politics in the late 1980s and early 1990s, a time when citizens were increasingly fed up by the clientelism and bribes of the political system. Its main agenda has been to promote greater regional autonomy and "fiscal federalism". The Lega Nord is currently at a key transition point as its charismatic founder, Umberto Bossi, has retired amid allegations he pillaged party funds for his family. The party's new leader is Matteo Salvini, who loudly campaigned for Italy to exit the euro during the 2014 European elections. The party won around 7% of the vote, a considerable achievement given its regional base.

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