Grand Council of Geneva
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.
|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|
|solidaritéS–Swiss 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|