Yesterday, Switzerland elected a new lower house of the federal parliament, the Conseil National. This has, since 1963, been composed of 200 seats, apportioned among the cantons based upon their population. Elections are held every four years, with all seats in play. Elections are by a curious proportional representation scheme called “panachage”, about which you can read more at the link if you haven’t filled your quota of confusion for the day.
The results were a substantial shift to the left, with the Green Party and its splinter faction the Green Liberal Party both gaining largely at the expense of conservative and centre-right parties. Here is the makeup of the new Conseil National.
The largest single party remains the UDC (Swiss People’s Party), which is a conservative party inclined toward immigration restriction and opposed to international engagement, globalism, and the European Union; it is traditionally the party of farmers and small business. The UDC lost 12 seats in the election, reducing its delegation to 53 members. The PS (Social Democratic Party, or Swiss Socialist Party) lost four seats, as did the PLR (FDP.The Liberals), which despite its name is a centre-right party identified with big business. The PDC (Christian Democratic People’s Party), considered centrist to centre-right, but with a tradition of Catholic social justice and strongest in rural German-speaking regions, lost three seats.
The Green Party picked up 17 seats, expanding their delegation from 11 to 28, while the Green Liberal Party, which split from the Green party in 2007 and advocates an environmentalist agenda without all of the watermelon commie economics of the Greens, gained 9 seats, for a total of 16. If you combine the Green and Green Liberal delegations, totalling 44 seats, they are the second largest party in the legislature after the UDC.
Here is the national vote by parties.
Once again, if we combine the Green and Green Liberal electorates, they add to 21%, second to the UDC with 25.6%.
The upper house, the Conseil d’Etats, in which each canton is represented by two members, is also up for election. Of the 46 seats, 24 were elected yesterday, but 22 remain undecided, with no candidate receiving a majority in the canton. Composition of the upper house will have to await the results of the second round of elections next month.
For additional details in English, here is an article in Swissinfo.