The Lega dei Ticinesi was founded in Italian-speaking Ticino in 1991 as a rightwing protest movement. In the national elections of 1991 the Lega achieved 23.6 per cent of the vote in Ticino and gained three seats in the federal parliament, including one in the Senate.
Since then its fortunes have risen and fallen, and it has lost and regained seats in parliament. In 2003 it even lost seats in the cantonal parliament. The party now has just one seat in the House of Representatives, and it decided to join the parliamentary group of the Swiss People's Party.
Seats in the House of Representatives: 1
Seats in the Senate: 0