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Switzerland votes

This content was published on September 15, 2003 - 12:14

On October 19, the Swiss elected a new House of Representatives and a majority of the Senate. Parliamentary elections take place every four years.

The key issues during the election campaign, and those likely to dominate the next parliament, were the economy, pensions and health.

The rightwing Swiss People’s Party won the largest share of the vote - 26.6 per cent - and immediately demanded a second cabinet seat at the expense of one of the other three parties in Switzerland's power-sharing government.

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