Voters make final Geneva government decision
Geneva voters delivered a split result in the final round of the cantonal government election yesterday. One shock result was the failure of long term minister Luc Barthassat – despite a strong advertising campaign – which means the centre right PDC loses a seat at the top table. But fellow PDC member, the finance minister Serge Dal Busco was elected and stays in government.
At the parliamentary elections a couple of weeks ago, right wing parties fared badly – but they did better this time. Topping the vote was Mauro Poggia from the right wing Geneva Citizens Movement – but he will be joined by two socialist members and one Green Party member.
There are also two Liberal Party members – including Pierre Maudet, who secured his seat in the first round.
Also failing to make the final cut was the Swiss People’s Party candidate, Yves Nidegger. He ran a highly personal campaign with the slogan ‘who else?’. Plenty of others was the clear decision by the electorate.
You can listen to a recent in-depth interview with Serge dal Busco on our website as part of the McKay Interview series.