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Green parties celebrate historic election victories

National News // Oct. 21, 2019

Results for the 46 seat Upper House, the Council of States are not finalized – some seats will have to go through to a second round. 

Pixabay Green parties celebrate historic election victories

The Christian Democrats are the largest party with 8 seats – but have lost 5. The Swiss People’s Party are down 2 at 3.

The Greens have done well again and are up 1 at 2 – but there are run off votes for Bern and Vaud which could see the Green Party pick up another seat. In all 22 seats remain to be allocated, so the final makeup is not yet clear.

Green parties are celebrating historic election victories after yesterday’s parliamentary elections.

In the 200 seat lower house, the long-standing Green party is up 17 seats at 28 – and the more pro-business Liberal Green party is up 9 at 16.

The right-wing Swiss People’s Party remains the largest party in parliament – but lost 12 seats at 53.

The second biggest party, the Socialists, also lost votes to the Greens and fell 4 seats.

The results are now expected to open up the debate on who should sit on the Federal Council. The Liberal Party currently has two members, the Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter and the Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis but is only one seat ahead in parliament against the Greens.

Pressure is likely to build for the Green party to have place in the government.

But what will the results mean for policy? The different parties will now discuss potential collaborations in parliament – which will mean some level of policy horse trading.

Analysts say it seems clear there will be stricter environmental policies with the increase of the green parties.

Switzerland’s relationship with the EU is also likely to be affected. The change in political blocs could see swifter resolution on sticking points regarding EU citizen rights – including work permits as well as pension and benefit rights.

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