Grand Council of Geneva

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The Grand Council has seven parties, with increasing numbers of right-wing populists and left-wing Greens ending the dominance of the traditional power blocs.

The Grand Council of Geneva (French: Grand Conseil de Genève) is the legislature of the canton of Geneva, in Switzerland. Geneva, styled as a 'Republic and Canton', has a unicameral legislature. The Grand Council was established in 1457, and has 100 seats, with members elected every four years. Members of the canton's executive, the Conseil d'Etat, are elected a month later.

There is a 7% threshold to representation on the Grand Council, with seven parties overcoming that hurdle at the last election, held on 11 October 2009. Then, the Liberal Party won a plurality, with 20 of the 100 seats. However, the centre-right 'Entente', to which the Liberals belong, suffered significant losses, primarily at the expense of the populist Geneva Citizens' Movement, who are the joint-second largest party, with the Green Party.

e • d Summary of the 11 October 2009 Geneva Grand Council election results
Party Ideology Vote % Vote % ± Seats Seats ±
Liberal Party Classical liberalism 16.71 –1.71 20 –3
Green Party Green politics 15.34 +1.51 17 +1
Geneva Citizens' Movement Populism 14.74 +7.01 17 +8
Social Democratic Party Social democracy 12.91 –1.71 15 –2
Christian Democratic People's Party Christian democracy 9.91 +0.07 11 –1
Free Democratic Party Classical liberalism 9.59 –0.90 11 –1
Swiss People's Party National conservatism 8.56 –1.04 9 –2
solidaritéSSwiss Party of Labour Socialism 6.40 –7.171 0 ±0
Defence of the Elderly Pensioners' party 5.85 N/A 0 N/A
Total (turnout 39.66%) 100.00 100
1 Compared to total of separate solidaritéS (6.67%) and 'Alliance of the Left' (6.90%) lists in 2005
Source: Republic and Canton of Geneva

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