Traditional parties lose in Zurich elections

Green parties have emerged as winners of Sunday’s elections to the government and parliament of canton Zurich.

This content was published on April 4, 2011 - 09:52

The centre-right Liberal Greens nearly doubled the number of seats in parliament to 19, while their centre-left rivals, the Greens, consolidated their 19 seats and gained a seat in the cantonal government.

The small centre-right Conservative Democratic Party, standing for the first time, won six seats.

The main losers were the traditional centre-right Radicals and the Christian Democrats.

The rightwing Swiss People’s Party remains the strongest group with 54 seats ahead of the centre-left Social Democrats with 35 representatives in the 180-strong parliament.

The success of the Green parties is seen by some observers as an indirect consequence of the disaster at a nuclear power plant in Japan. Others have described the result as a sign ahead of October’s election for the national parliament.

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