The People of Freedom
Ignazio La Russa
|Founded||18 November 2007|
27 March 2009
|Dissolved||16 November 2013|
|Merger of||Forza Italia|
|Succeeded by||Forza Italia (legal successor)|
Brothers of Italy (split)
New Centre-Right (split)
|Headquarters||Via dell'Umiltà 36|
|Youth wing||Young Italy|
|National affiliation||Centre-right coalition|
|European affiliation||European People's Party|
|European Parliament group||European People's Party|
|Anthem||Meno male che Silvio c'è|
("Thank goodness for Silvio")
The PdL, launched by Silvio Berlusconi on 18 November 2007, was initially a federation of political parties, notably including Forza Italia and National Alliance, which participated as a joint election list in the 2008 general election. The federation was later transformed into a party during a party congress on 27–29 March 2009.
The party's leading members included Angelino Alfano (national secretary), Renato Schifani, Renato Brunetta, Roberto Formigoni, Maurizio Sacconi, Maurizio Gasparri, Mariastella Gelmini, Antonio Martino, Giancarlo Galan, Maurizio Lupi, Gaetano Quagliariello, Daniela Santanchè, Sandro Bondi and Raffaele Fitto.
The PdL formed Italy's government from 2008 to 2011 in coalition with Lega Nord. After having supported Mario Monti's technocratic government in 2011–2012, the party was part of Enrico Letta's government with the Democratic Party, Civic Choice and the Union of the Centre. Alfano functioned as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.
In June 2013 Berlusconi announced Forza Italia's revival and the PdL's transformation into a centre-right coalition. On 16 November 2013 the PdL's national council voted to dissolve the party and start a new Forza Italia; the assembly was deserted by a group of dissidents, led by Alfano, who had launched the New Centre-Right the day before.