Popular Democratic Front (Italy)

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Popular Democratic Front

Fronte Democratico Popolare
Leaders Palmiro Togliatti
Pietro Nenni
Founded28 December 1947 (1947-12-28)
Dissolved18 April 1948 (1948-04-18)
Ideology Socialism [1] [2]
Communism [3] [4]
Political position Left-wing to Far-left [5] [6]
Colors     Red
Restored 1948 graffito in Rome's Garbatella neighbourhood calling to vote for the Popular Democratic Front Roma - Garbatella - Graffito restaurato dal Municipio - Fronte popolare alle elezioni del 18 aprile 1948.jpg
Restored 1948 graffito in Rome's Garbatella neighbourhood calling to vote for the Popular Democratic Front

The Popular Democratic Front (Italian : Fronte Democratico Popolare), shortened name of the Popular Democratic Front for Freedom, Peace, Labour (Fronte Democratico Popolare per la libertà, la pace, il lavoro) was a political alliance of political parties in Italy.

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The elections of 1948 was maybe the most important one in Italian republican history, the future alliance with United States or with the Soviet Union being in game. The Popular Front managed to obtain 31.0% of the vote for the Chamber of Deputies and 30.8% of the vote for the Senate. [8] Following the defeat of the FDP by Christian Democracy, Italy became a founding member of the NATO in 1949.

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It was composed of the following political parties:

Italian Communist Party (PCI) Communism Palmiro Togliatti
Italian Socialist Party (PSI) Socialism Pietro Nenni

Election results

Chamber of Deputies
Election yearVotes%Seats+/−Leader
1948 8,136,637 (2nd)31.0
183 / 574
Palmiro Togliatti
Senate of the Republic
Election yearVotes%Seats+/−Leader
1948 6,969,122 (2nd)30.8
72 / 237
Palmiro Togliatti

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