Christoph Blocher, populist figurehead of the rightwing Swiss People's Party, has won a seat in government. He took 121 votes in the third round and unseated the justice minister, Ruth Metzler. The decision paves the way for a change in a long-standing power-sharing agreement among the parties in government.
The People's Party, which became the biggest group after October's parliamentary elections, had threatened to go into opposition if Blocher was not elected.
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