Hardly anyone thought he could do that: In the first round of the Geneva government elections, Pierre Maudet (43), who had fallen out of favor with the FDP and his fellow state councilors, landed in second place with more than 22 percent of the vote.
Although the former Geneva high-flyer was convicted in the first instance for accepting advantages in office for his luxury trip to Abu Dhabi, he was allowed to dream of becoming his own successor – as a non-party.
The second ballot took place on Sunday. And here Maudet is about to be voted out of office. According to the preliminary results, the Green Fabienne Fischer (59) is ahead with 45,198 votes. Maudet follows with 36,844 votes.
Maudet admits defeat
Although it is still an interim result, Maudet has already admitted his defeat: “I take note of today’s result and the decision of the electorate and I congratulate the green candidate on her election to the State Council,” Maudet writes via Twitter. “I would like to thank the people of Geneva who have placed their trust in me from the bottom of my heart.”
The other candidates had no chance: Delphine Bachmann from the middle got 14,717 votes and SVP candidate Yves Nidegger (63) got 12,104 votes. The FDP had withdrawn its candidate Cyrill Aellen (48).
Wallis: CVP majority falls
It is also exciting in Valais, because the CVP majority in the State Council is as good as gone. In the second ballot, six candidates will fight for the five seats. For the CVP the previous Roberto Schmidt (58) and Christophe Darbellay (50) and as a newcomer Serge Gaudin (47). The latter only just reached fifth place in the first ballot.
The FDP sends its previous Frédéric Favre (41) into the race again. The SP climbs into the ring with National Councilor Mathias Reynard (33) – he has a good chance of defending the seat of the resigning SP health director Esther Waeber-Kalbermatten (68).
The SVP is aiming to return to the government with National Councilor Franz Ruppen (50) – he landed in sixth place in the first round.
SVP makes the return
After counting 120 of 122 municipalities, the ranking is as follows: Roberto Schmidt, Franz Ruppen, Frédéric Favre, Mathias Reynard and Christophe Darbellay would have been elected, Serge Gaudin would not.
Gaudin is over 6000 votes behind Darbellay, and over 14,000 votes for SVP man Ruppen.
It is therefore clear: The SVP is able to return to the Valais government after losing its seat in 2017. The CVP can hardly defend its third seat. A historical result: The CVP held the majority in the State Council for 160 years – that is now over.
Glarus: SP takes seat
In the canton of Glarus there was also the decisive second round of the replacement election for a seat in the five-member cantonal government. In the fight election, middle candidate Jürg Feldmann (52) and SP candidate Markus Heer (44) faced each other.
Feldmann was just ahead in the first ballot. But this time it’s the other way around: SP-Mann Heer makes the race in the second round. He received 5382 votes, his competitor Feldmann 4852 votes. Markus Heer will take up his post on May 1, 2021. The seat of Central Government Councilor Rolf Widmer (49) had to be re-occupied.
Judgment against the Geneva State Council: Pierre Maudet condemned!(00:54)
Published: 03/28/2021, 11:56 am
Last updated: 28.03.2021, 14 minutes ago