Swiss turn to right at election as immigration fears weigh

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Swiss turn to right at election as immigration fears weigh

Switzerland appeared poised to shift to the right in national elections, prioritizing concerns about immigration over climate change and melting glaciers. However, the outcome of the vote is unlikely to alter the composition of the Swiss government. The right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP), the country’s largest political party, saw an increase in its share of the vote to 29%, a 3.4 percentage point rise compared to the previous election in 2019. The SVP campaigned on the platform of preventing Switzerland’s population from exceeding 10 million people. SVP leader Marco Chiesa highlighted issues with immigration, illegal immigrants, and energy supply security as key concerns. The projected result means that the SVP will gain eight additional seats, bringing its total to 61 in the 200-member lower house of parliament. The left-wing Social Democrats (SP) were also expected to benefit from rising health costs, increasing their share of the vote by 0.7 percentage points to 17.4% and gaining one additional seat. In contrast, the Greens were projected to experience a decline in their share of the votes by 4 percentage points to 9% and lose six seats. The outcome of the election is unlikely to impact the composition of Switzerland’s government, the Federal Council, as cabinet positions are divided among the top four parties based on their share of the vote. Despite the shift to the right, political analysts do not anticipate significant changes in Swiss politics, as major issues like pensions are still settled through referendums.

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