No alarms and no surprises


The election of Alain Berset to the Swiss cabinet – the only new face – means there’s no change in the division of power in the seven-seat office.

This content was published on December 14, 2011 - 12:18

The Social Democrats and Radicals have two seats each, the Conservative Democrats, Christian Democrats and People’s Party one each.

Needless to say the People’s Party, which got 26.6% of the vote in October’s parliamentary elections – compared with the Social Democrats’ 18.7% and the Radicals’ 15.1% – is not happy.

Will it pull out of government and go into opposition as threatened? We’ll have to wait and see.

How will the Swiss press react to these slightly anticlimactic votes (six of seven of which were over in just one round – so much for bruising encounters going the distance!)?

Stay with swissinfo for all the post-election analysis and reaction, which will no doubt include some animated finger-pointing from the People’s Party.

Below is the new cabinet, along with outgoing Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey (far left) and Chancellor Corina Casanova (second from right).

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