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 6 October 2013 Geneva Grand Council election results
Party Ideology Vote % Vote % ± Seats Seats ±
FDP.The Liberals Classical liberalism 22.37 –3.93 24 –7
Green Party Green politics 9.16 -6.18 10 -7
Geneva Citizens' Movement Populism 19.23 +4.49 20 +3
Social Democratic Party Social democracy 14.33 +1.42 15 0
Christian Democratic People's Party Christian democracy 10.61 +0.69 11 0
Swiss People's Party National conservatism 10.33 +1.77 11 +2
solidaritéSSwiss Party of Labour Socialism 8.75 +2.35 9 +9
Vert-libéraux Green liberalism 3.06 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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