Young politicians want paternity leave

Some 200 young politically minded Swiss gathered in parliament at the weekend for the Federal Youth Session.

This content was published on November 22, 2010 minutes and agencies

The aspiring politicians, aged 14 to 21, agreed on a petition asking for a two-week paternity leave.

They also discussed issues related to youth protection and the internet and demanded stricter measures against paedophiles.

At the end of the session in the Swiss capital, Bern, participants submitted their demands to President Doris Leuthard, who congratulated them and encouraged them to keep a critical mind, rather than to blindly follow one political party.

The session is touted as a good learning opportunity for future politicians. The first meeting was organised in 1991 to coincide with the 700th anniversary of the founding of Switzerland.

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