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Unione di centro candidating

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The Union of the Centre Italian: Lorenzo Cesa is the party's current secretary; Pier Ferdinando Casini was for years the most recognisable figure and de facto leader of the party, before eventually distancing from it in Since then, the party's official name was neglected in favour of the alliance's and, since most of the UdC member parties have joined the UDC too, the UDC and the UdC started to overlap almost completely to the point that they are now undistinguishable.

Consequently, the UDC was consistently part of the centre-right until Later, it was affiliated neither to the centre-right nor the centre-left at the national level. Despite this, the party continued to take part in several regional, provincial and municipal governments with the old and the new Forza Italiawhile forming alliances also with the centre-left Democratic Party in some regions and cities. Unione di centro candidating December the UdC left the alliance, did not join Paolo Gentiloni 's government and suffered the final split by Casini and his followers.

The party has since returned into the centre-right coalition 's fold and took part to the general election within a joint list named Us with Italy.

After the election, the UdC has become a sort of associate party of Forza Italia, being part of the "Unione di centro candidating" group in the Senate.

During the party's first congress, Follini was elected secretary, D'Antoni deputy secretary and Buttiglione president. Consequently, the party successfully lobbied for Follini's appointment as Deputy Prime Minister in Berlusconi's government with the goal of strengthening and balancing the coalition, while diminishing the influence of Lega Nord.

At the regional elections the UDC and the House of Freedoms faced a severe defeat by winning only 2 regions out of Follini asked Berlusconi to resign and form a new government. In the new executive Buttiglione became minister of Culture, while Follini step down from his previous post in order to concentrate on the party.

On 15 October Follini suddenly resigned from his position as party secretary and was replaced on "Unione di centro candidating" October by Lorenzo Cesaan ally of Casini. The party took part to the general election with a new logo, characterised by the inclusion of the name of Casini, who also headed party electoral lists in most constituencies.

Despite the defeat of the House of Freedoms, the UDC improved its electoral performance by gaining 6. In the following Sicilian regional election Cuffaro was re-elected President, but the UDC's share of the vote was reduced to In October Follini, a harsh critic of Berlusconi, finally left the party to form a new grouping, called Middle Italywhich was eventually merged into the centre-left Democratic Party PD upon its foundation in October This was the fourth split suffered by the UDC in two years after three much bigger splits: After the departure of Follini, however, Casini became highly critical of Berlusconi too and further distanced the UDC from him.

A fifth major split happened at the end of January when Bruno Tabacci and Mario Baccini left the party because Casini seemed eager to re-join Berlusconi for the upcoming election, after that the Prodi II Unione di centro candidating had not passed Unione di centro candidating a vote of confidence.

On the other side, the UDC was left by those who wanted to continue the alliance with Berlusconi: After the election, Casini relaunched his plan for a new "centrist" party, as an alternative to both the PdL and the PD.

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