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Election of Bundesrat

There is still hope that Blocher might loose his seat as a Bundesrat.............

The elections are currently going on in Bern http://de.bluewin.ch/news/index.php/...tswahl/-/13289

Leuenberger and Couchepin are re elected so far.........

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Old 12.12.2007, 10:57
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

Thanks for the newsticker. However the chances of Blocher getting the boot are minimal, except if there's a super-secret widely supported plan to achieve this. Officially the social democrats and greens will vote against him (for Recordon possibly), CVP will abstain and FDP/SVP are going to support him. Not an outstanding result, but that's a relative majority.

Question is, will he become vice president 2008? This would be the informal rotation rule and if he gets skipped, that would be a big slap to the face and consequentally he wouldn't become president 2009. Alas, improbable too...
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

Yup sadly you are right,but there's is still hope.................tho' if they would need up to 5 tries to get him elected, I doubt Mr.Blocher would do the decent thing that Mrs. Metzler did a few years ago!
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

Blocher was just voted out.
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

Ha!!!! what did I say! There was still hope ( and a few magistrates with well functioning grey matter) and now i am going to take the pins out of my Blocher Vodoo doll

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Ha!!!! what did I say! There was still hope ( and a few magistrates with well functioning grey matter) and now i am going to take the pins out of my Blocher Vodoo doll
No don't do that yet he can still be voted in... Its a complex system...
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Old 12.12.2007, 11:53
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

AHAHAHAHA

I don't think they're going to walk the walk and go into opposition...
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

It would strike me as odd if Blocher were to go, since the SVP has more support from the people than ever (33% of the popular vote in the last election wasn't it?).
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

the lady that was elected instead of Mr.Blocher,Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf is the daughter of former councillor LEON SCHLUMPF http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/cf/br/93.html

( oh no don't start the smurf jokes a-bloody-gain )

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eveline_Widmer-Schlumpf

I am happy to have a second woman in the Bundesrat as well as about the fact that we too now have a politicians dynasty,alike the Bushs in America.

AFAIK ( on top of my head) it's the only time were a parent and later on it's child were voted into the Bundesrat.
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It would strike me as odd if Blocher were to go, since the SVP has more support from the people than ever (33% of the popular vote in the last election wasn't it?).
28.9% but the elected Schlumpf is also from the SVP... So the SVP would still be proportionally represented in the government if they want.

Yeah Richard, you're right...
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28.9% but the elected Schlumpf is also from the SVP... So the SVP would still be proportionally represented in the government if they want.

Yeah Richard, you're right...

Thats what the condordance ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consociationalism) is about,it had to be someone else from the SVP to be elected but a moderate SVP member is better, than another four years with Blocher!

This is what makes it amazing to follow these elections, you can never be sure of the outcome.
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28.9% but the elected Schlumpf is also from the SVP... So the SVP would still be proportionally represented in the government if they want.

Yeah Richard, you're right...
(edited - thought she was the one from Graubunden that recently got kicked out of the SVP(
Oh, she wasn't around to say no....
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

As much as I disagree with Blocker, I think it would make the Swiss system look a bit sick if he was not elected.
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so Blocher is out of the government ...

The parliement has elected Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf (SVP, Graubunden) to replace him. She will confirm tomorrow morning whether she accepts the nomination or not...

http://fr.bluewin.ch/infos/index.php...0071212:brf012
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

Does anyone know why Calmy-Rey does not raise her hand during the swearing-in process?
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Does anyone know why Calmy-Rey does not raise her hand during the swearing-in process?
I was wondering about that myself. Perhaps it is because she is the current President?
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

I think Widmer-Schlumpf just accepted. (If I understood it correctly)
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

She has accepted, and the SVP is in the process of announcing their decision to enter the opposition.
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She has accepted, and the SVP is in the process of announcing their decision to enter the opposition.
Holy ****, do you have a link for this ?

Edit : found it on SwissInfo : Widmer-Sclumpf accepts, SVP to go into opposition ?
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I was wondering about that myself. Perhaps it is because she is the current President?
It's done depending on the convictions. Those who believe raise the hand and say "I swear" those who do not say "I promise".

Same as in court proceedings.
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