Important votes on Sunday – SVP moves into the Valais government, Pierre Maudet voted out

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For the first time in 20 years, the Christian parties lose a majority in the government in Valais. The Green Fabienne Fischer becomes State Councilor in the Canton of Geneva. And Moutier votes again on the change of canton. The overview.

SVP National Councilor Franz Ruppen moves into the Valais cantonal government at the expense of the CVP. (Archive image)

Photo: Olivier Maire (Keystone)

The Christian parties lose their majority in the Valais government. Franz Ruppen (SVP) is newly elected to the Valais cantonal government. In doing so, he secured the second seat in the cantonal government for Upper Valais. As things stand, Ruppen won the second most votes. The previous State Councilor Roberto Schmidt (CSPO) gets the most. Serge Gaudin (CVPU) missed the election and sealed the defeat of the Christian parties. For the first time since 1997, they no longer have three seats in the Valais government.

The newcomer to the CVP, Serge Gaudin, missed the election to the Valais government.
The newcomer to the CVP, Serge Gaudin, missed the election to the Valais government.

Photo: Olivier Maire (Keystone)

The cantonal constitution guarantees each of the three regions of Upper, Central and Lower Valais at least one representative in the government. The FDP sends its previous Frédéric Favre into the race again.

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Pierre Maudet admits defeat and congratulates competitor

She will succeed Pierre Maudet: the Green Fabienne Fischer will be the new State Councilor in the canton of Geneva.

She will succeed Pierre Maudet: the Green Fabienne Fischer will be the new State Councilor in the canton of Geneva.

Photo: Keystone

The Green Fabienne Fischer will be elected to the Geneva State Council in the second ballot on Sunday. According to the preliminary results, she is clearly ahead of the resigned Pierre Maudet, who ran as an independent candidate for his own successor.

The 59-year-old lawyer could count on the support of the entire left-wing camp. Fischer had the best chances of success, although as first place in the first ballot she fell short of expectations. They still achieved a respectable lead of almost 9500 votes on Maudet, who immediately admits his defeat.

Maudet: “Now begins the time to retreat and reflect”

Maudet now wants to withdraw, as he writes in a letter to the people of Geneva, which he circulates on Twitter. He congratulates Fischer and writes that a new era has dawned for him, that of retreat and reflection.

Fischer’s first reaction: “Proof of the vitality of our democracy. Thank you!”

Fischer speaks at the Hôtel de Ville: “I am very satisfied with this result. My choice is proof of the vitality of our democracy. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who put a cross in front of my name because they think I am the right person to give the institutions back the legitimacy they need. ” When asked which department she would be most interested in, she replied: “Everyone!”

Fischer was in first place with 45,198 votes, followed by Maudet with 36,844 votes. In view of the lead of the Green candidate over the former FDP politician, nothing should change in this order.

The CVP candidate Delphine Bachmann received 14,717 votes and was in third place according to the intermediate result. Yves Nydegger received the least support from the SVP with 12,104 votes.

«Anti-Maudet vote»

For François Bärtschi from the mouvement citoyens genevois (MCG), the election victory is “not a victory for the left, but an anti-Maudet vote”, as he said of the newspaper “Tribune de Genève”. Maudet, who was running for his own successor, had a surprise victory in the first ballot three weeks ago (we reported). The former FDP politician took second place behind Fischer von den Grünen. His conviction in the first instance just under 22 percent of the electorate did not put off because of the acceptance of benefits in connection with his luxury trip to Abu Dhabi.

The non-party Pierre Maudet is defeated in the second ballot according to the preliminary results of the Greens Fabienne Fischer.  (Archive image)

The non-party Pierre Maudet is defeated in the second ballot according to the preliminary results of the Greens Fabienne Fischer. (Archive image)

Photo: Keystone

Maudet’s chances to vote were reduced because the bourgeois parties were divided. While the FDP withdrew and the SVP ran again, the CVP also got involved. The latter sent Delphine Bachmann, President of the CVP Geneva, into the race on a joint list with the BDP. The SVP ran again with National Councilor Yves Nidegger.

Jura or Bern? What the Moutier vote is about

Is the end of the Jurassic conflict coming now?  It is uncertain whether the losing camp will calm down.

Is the end of the Jurassic conflict coming now? It is uncertain whether the losing camp will calm down.

Photo: Franziska Rothenbühler

Moutier’s voters will decide today, Sunday, whether they want to stay with the canton of Bern or move to the canton of Jura. It is a repetition of the polls from June 18, 2017. The urns were closed shortly after 12 noon. The counting began under the supervision of the federal observers. The result is expected around 5 p.m.

No incident has been reported so far. For security reasons, everyone involved in the counting must hand in bags and mobile phones, as Jean-Christophe Geiser from the Federal Office of Justice explained to the Keystone-SDA news agency. Anyone involved in the counting is also not allowed to leave the building.

What did Moutier decide four years ago?

At the time, those entitled to vote were in favor of changing cantons. 2067 put a yes in the urn, 1930 a no. So 137 votes were decisive.

Why is the vote being repeated?

Because there should have been serious irregularities in 2017. This is the conclusion reached by the governor of the Bernese Jura. She accused the municipal authorities of misleading propaganda and poor voting organization. The governor therefore declared the vote to be invalid. The Bernese Administrative Court confirmed the decision and also expressed strong doubts about the correct management of the voting register. After some back and forth, the federal government and the cantons of Bern and Jura agreed to repeat the vote.

What happens if you say yes and what if you say no?

At first nothing. Because the losing side has the possibility of voting complaints this time too. In this case, the governor would again have to check the legality of the ballot, later also the Bernese administrative court and finally the federal court. If nobody calls the courts, the result becomes legally binding relatively quickly. If the answer is yes, the cantons of Bern and Jura will then initiate the steps to change from Moutier. This would make Moutier an enclave in the Bernese Jura. If you say no, everything stays the same.

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Has the Jura conflict been finally resolved after March 28th?

Theoretically yes, because the two cantons agreed on this under the leadership of the federal government in 2012: Once all the votes have been concluded, the law question should definitely be closed. However, it is uncertain whether the defeated camp will calm down – be it the Bern loyalists who have been fighting for decades to stay with the canton of Bern, or the separatists who have been campaigning for a change of canton for just as long.

After the limitation period had expired, arsonist Marcel Boillat was celebrated in the Jura in 1987.

After the limitation period had expired, arsonist Marcel Boillat was celebrated in the Jura in 1987.

Foto: Ullstein via Getty Images

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