Cantonal Council of Zürich
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The Cantonal Council of Zürich (German: Züricher Kantonsrat) is the legislature of the canton of Zürich, in Switzerland. Zürich has a unicameral legislature. The Cantonal Council has 180 seats, with members elected every four years.
The last election was held on 4 April 2011. The Green Liberal Party gained 9 seats and the BDP gained 6 seats compared to the 2007 election. The largest losers were the FDP who lost 6 seats.
The previous election, on 15 April 2007, saw the Swiss People's Party (SVP) maintain its place as the largest party on the Cantonal Council. Despite losing five seats, the SVP held 56. Its main competitor, the Social Democratic Party lost seventeen seats, leaving it on 36. The Free Democrats maintained their number of seats to remain the third-largest party.
The election was marked by the upsurge in support for environmentalist parties, with the left-wing Green Party gaining five seats to solidify their fourth place, whilst the Green Liberals took part for the first time, winning ten seats. The two Christian democratic parties did moderately well; Christian Democratic People's Party won thirteen seats (up one) and the Evangelical People's Party won ten (up one).
|Party||Ideology||Vote %||Vote % ±||Seats||Seats ±|
|Swiss People's Party||National conservatism||30.46||–0.04||56||–5|
|Social Democratic Party||Social democracy||19.47||–7.25||36||–17|
|Free Democratic Party||Classical liberalism||15.98||–0.97||29||±0|
|Green Party||Green politics||10.44||+2.30||19||+5|
|Christian Democratic People's Party||Christian democracy||7.25||+0.87||13||+1|
|Green Liberal Party||Green liberalism||5.75||N/A||10||N/A|
|Evangelical People's Party||Christian democracy||5.23||+0.11||10||+1|
|Federal Democratic Union||Christian right||2.82||+0.72||5||+4|
|Source: Canton of Zürich|
Notes and references
- (in German) Cantonal Council of Zürich official website