Swiss elections are won by right-wing party that opposed arms supplies to Ukraine
The Swiss People's Party won the elections to the Swiss federal parliament on October 22. It is noteworthy that the party had a majority in the lower house (representatives) and was known for its opposition to military aid to Ukraine.
As a result of the new vote, the number of deputies of this political force in the Swiss parliament increased by nine - there will be 62 out of all 200. This is reported by swissinfo.
It is noted that voters in Switzerland have elected a new parliament for 2023-2027. Candidates were elected for 200 seats in the House of Representatives and 44 (out of all 46 seats) in the Senate. The turnout was 46.6%.
A record 5909 candidates stood for election to the 200-seat House of Representatives this year, 41% of whom were women.
The main winner was the right-wing Swiss People's Party, which garnered 28.6% of the vote and nine additional seats. This particular political party campaigned on the slogans of limiting immigration and strict neutrality. Among other things, it opposes arms supplies to Ukraine and the issuance of permits to other countries for re-export - providing Ukraine with weapons purchased in Switzerland.
It should be added that the Social Democrats also succeeded in the elections on Sunday, winning two more seats (41 in total). The Center Party won one seat (29 in total). The Radical Liberals, on the other hand, lost one candidate (they have 28 seats), the Greens lost five (23), and the Liberal Greens lost six (10).
In the 46-seat Senate, the Center Party and the Radical Liberals won the most seats, but since in some cantons none of the candidates gained an absolute majority (more than 50% of the vote), a second round of voting will be held in November.
Media reports indicate that the composition of the Swiss government is unlikely to change - according to a long-standing political tradition, it is formed by four parties. Many of the country's issues are resolved in national or local referendums.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, according to Bloomberg, citing an intelligence report, Switzerland is the country where the most Russian spies have settled. In particular, they accounted for a fifth of the total number of spies in Europe.