21 Oct, 2019

Switzerland elects members of Federal Assembly

On 20 October, Switzerland held federal elections and elected the 246 members of its Federal Assembly: 200 members of the National Council and 46 members of the Council of States.

While the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) topped the vote with 25%, ALDE Party members FDP.Die Liberalen and Grunliberale (The Green Liberal Party) maintained the high liberal presence in the Assembly.

For the Green Liberal Party, these elections brought the best result in the party’s history. The party received votes from all Swiss districts and doubled its representation in the National Council: 7.8% vote the party received translates into 16 seats. Party leader Jürg Grossen got re-elected to the National Council and for the first time ever, the Green Liberals have representatives from the cantons of Basel and Geneva.

Following the successful election, Grossen, said: “A big day of rejoicing for us and all the progressive forces of Switzerland. It is time for more green-liberal politics in the Federal Council. I cordially congratulate all elected and thank all candidates and helping people for the great election campaign!”

FDP. Die Liberalen remains the third biggest force across the country after securing 15% of the vote share that translates into 29 seats. The party obtained votes in all the Swiss districts with the highest vote in the canton of Schwyz, where party leader Petra Gössi got re-elected.

In the Council of States, FDP. Die Liberalen gained seven out of the 24 seats already distributed. The remaining 22 seats will be distributed following a second-round vote in several regions. The full list of the second round vote dates in these regions can be found here.

On the results, Gössi stated: “Today we would like to be the winner of the pitch. But looking at the other parties, we could prevent worse. We stand with our feet in the water but were not overwhelmed by the green wave.”

To see the full results click here.



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