Grand Council of Neuchâtel

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Since the merger of the Liberals and Free Democrats, FDP.The Liberals and the Social Democrats have dominated the Grand Council of Neuchâtel. The left has a slight overall majority.

The Grand Council of Neuchâtel (French: Grand Conseil de Neuchâtel) is the legislature of the canton of Neuchâtel, in Switzerland. Neuchâtel, styled as a 'Republic and Canton', has a unicameral legislature. The Grand Council has 115 seats, with members elected every four years.

On the last occasion, on 5 April 2009, the newly merged FDP.The Liberals won a plurality, with 41 of the 115 seats. They supplanted the Social Democrats, who won 36 (down five from 2005). The Green Party (14 seats), Swiss People's Party (14 seats), and the far left alliance of the Swiss Party of Labour and solidaritéS (10 seats) also won representation.

e • d Summary of the 5 April 2009 Neuchâtel Grand Council election results
Party Ideology Vote % Seats Seats ±
FDP.The Liberals1 Classical liberalism 33.19 41 +1
Social Democratic Party Social democracy 28.22 36 –5
Swiss People's Party National conservatism 12.68 14 –3
Green Party Green politics 12.55 14 +4
Swiss Party of LaboursolidaritéS2 Socialism 8.48 10 ±3
Christian Democratic People's Party Christian democracy 3.22 0 ±0
Cantonal Entente of Neuchâtel 0.97 0 ±0
Evangelical People's Party Christian democracy 0.68 0 ±0
Total (turnout 39.66%) 100.00 115
1 Compared to total of separate Free Democratic Party (15 seats) and Liberal Party (25 seats) lists in 2005.
2 Compared to total of separate Swiss Party of Labour (6 seats) and solidaritéS (1 seat) lists in 2005.
Source: Canton of Neuchâtel

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