Left loses political control of Geneva

The populist Geneva Citizens’ Movement (MCG) has made further advances in local elections, ending the left’s 20-year-old majority in the city.

This content was published on March 14, 2011 - 10:28 and agencies

On Sunday the MCG won a total of 73 seats in 13 communes, including 11 in the western Swiss city's 80-seat parliament. Meanwhile, in communal elections in canton Vaud left-of-centre parties tightened their grip on four of the seven main towns.

The MCG was not the only winner in Geneva as the left-wing party Ensemble à Gauche gained two seats (now 12 in the local parliament). The centre-left Social Democratic Party lost one (now 16 seats) and the Green Party lost four seats (11).

The traditional centre-right and rightwing parties all lost ground. The new Liberal Radical Party lost six seats (14), the Christian Democratic Party lost two (7) and the Swiss People’s Party lost one (8).

Elsewhere, following communal elections in canton Vaud on Sunday the local government and parliament in Lausanne saw few changes, with the left-green majority holding sway. Left-of-centre parties strengthened their control of four of the seven main towns in canton Vaud, including  Lausanne, Morges, Renens and Nyon.

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