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  Swiss Parliament Confirms All Government Members, Snubbing People’s Party
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Dec 14, 2011 11:27am
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AuthorKlaus Wille
News DateWednesday, December 14, 2011 05:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSwitzerland’s parliament confirmed all current government members and elected Alain Berset from the Social Democrats to join the coalition, snubbing efforts by the Swiss People’s Party to win a second seat.

Lawmakers in both chambers of parliament in Bern today re- elected Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Transport Minister Doris Leuthard, Defense Minister Ueli Maurer, Interior Minister Didier Burkhalter, Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga and Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann. They also backed Berset, currently a member of the upper house.

The People’s Party has been pushing for a second seat in the seven-member ruling coalition after winning the largest share of votes in October general elections. Lawmakers from the Social Democrats to the business-friendly Liberals instead opted to maintain the current government setup, leaving the anti- immigration party with just one seat.

“We have a result that allows us to look into the future with some optimism,” Christian Levrat, head of the Social Democratic Party, told Swiss television. The People’s Party “needs a more constructive approach.”
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