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Zug seeks to fill empty seats

Hundreds of bouquets of flowers were left outside Zug's parliament building following the massacre Keystone Archive

Two political parties in canton Zug are continuing efforts to find parliamentary replacements for victims of the September 27 massacre.

This content was published on October 20, 2001 - 11:59

The Radical and Christian Democratic Parties lost respectively six and five parliamentary representatives, after a gunman ran amok in the cantonal parliament, killing 14 people before turning the gun on himself.

In seven cases, the succession is expected to follow previously established rules of accession. The communes affected by the change - six in all - will have to declare the newcomers elected, according to Tino Jorio, of the Cantonal chancery.

The local government will then formally ratify the decision.

Other seats are likely to be filled by tacit agreement, says Jorio. As a result, citizens will not be asked to vote.

The massacre - the worst in Switzerland's history - sent shock waves through the country, and provoked much debate about the tradition of allowing public access to state buildings.

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