Greens seen as biggest winners in Swiss election

Sunday, 20. October 2019 18:56

The left-wing Green Party of Switzerland is expected to win around 13% of the vote for the Swiss House of Representatives, which represents an increase of around six percentage points compared to the last elections in 2015, SRF reported on Sunday, shifting Swiss politics more to the left. The Green Liberal Party of Switzerland is also expected to rise its share of the vote to 7.6% from 4.6% which it obtained four years ago.

GfS Bern co-director Lukas Golder told public television SRF: "Swiss voters were concerned about climate issues and want parliament to act accordingly."

Switzerland's four largest parties, which have been forming a government jointly for 60 years, are mostly expected to perform worse than in previous votes. The Swiss People's Party (SVP) is expected to win 26.3% on Sunday, marking a drop of some three percentage points compared to the 2015 election. The Social Democrats (SP) are seen as losing some two percentage points from the previous election and taking 16.5% of the vote. Liberals (FDP) are expected to take 15.2% while Christian Democrats (CVP) are seen as coming in behind the Greens at 12%.

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