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Italy

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Senate

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theChamber of Deputies

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Il Parlamento (Parliament)
Chamber name
Senato della Repubblica (Senate)
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1889-01
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
Twelve Plus Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
President of the Senate
Speaker
Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati (Female)
Year of birth
1946
Term
24.03.2018

Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Secretary General
Secretary general
Elisabetta Serafin (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 9 Feb. 2011.

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
315
Appointed members Appointed, for example, by the Head of State.
5
Other members For example, ex-officio members of parliament, such as Cabinet members, members of the royal family, Attorney General, Speaker if appointed from outside parliament.
1
Note on the statutory number of members
Appointed members: The President of the Republic may appoint five citizens. Other: ex-officio member (former Presidents of the Republic are ex officio Senators and for life unless they renounce the office).
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
320
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Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
210
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
110
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
34.38% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
59,504
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
62,570 See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Francesco LAFORGIA (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
94
Oldest member
Giorgio NAPOLITANO (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.