Weapons export ban rejected by voters

A proposal to ban weapons exports and other war materiel has been overwhelmingly rejected in a nationwide ballot on Sunday.

This content was published on November 29, 2009 - 16:50

Official results show 68.2 per cent of voters against the initiative and 31.5 per cent for. Turnout was above average, at 53 per cent.

The proposal was launched by a broad coalition of peace groups and centre-left political parties.

However, the government and a majority in parliament recommended a no vote, saying approval would cost thousands of jobs and jeopardize the country's defence capacity.

It is the third time since 1972 that a similar proposal has been rejected by voters.

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