Rightwing stalwart seeks parliamentary comeback

Former Justice Minister Christoph Blocher is seeking a seat in parliament four years after he was ousted from the cabinet.

This content was published on April 7, 2011 - 14:43

Blocher, arguably Switzerland’s most controversial politician of recent years, on Thursday announced he was standing for his rightwing People’s Party for a seat in October’s elections to both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Blocher said he considered his re-entry into the parliamentary arena – a rare occurrence in Swiss politics for a former cabinet member – as a crusade against efforts by other parties to seek Swiss membership of the European Union.

The People’s Party is hoping for major gains in the 46-strong Senate, where it is currently only the fourth-largest group. It holds nearly a third of all seats in the other parliamentary chamber, the House of Representatives.

Several other high-ranking People’s Party representatives have also announced they will enter the race for Senate seats in their cantons.

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