Liechtenstein general election, 2017

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Liechtenstein general election, 2017

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All 25 seats of the Landtag.
13 seats needed for a majority

  First party Second party
  Adrian Hasler 01.jpg Thomas Zwiefelhofer 01.jpg
Leader Adrian Hasler Thomas Zwiefelhofer
Party FBP VU
Leader since 2013 2013
Last election 10 seats, 40.0% 8 seats, 33.5%
Seats won 9 8
Seat change Decrease1 Steady
Popular vote 68,673 65,742
Percentage 35.2 33.7
Swing Decrease4.8pp Increase0.2pp

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Harry Quaderer Derya Kesci & Pepo Frick
Party DU FL
Leader since 2013 2013
Last election 4 seats, 15.3% 3 seats, 11.1%
Seats won 5 3
Seat change Increase1 Steady
Popular vote 35,885 24,595
Percentage 18.4 12.6
Swing Increase3.1pp Increase1.5pp

Prime Minister before election

Adrian Hasler
FBP

Elected Prime Minister

Adrian Hasler
FBP

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General elections took place in Liechtenstein on 5 February 2017.[1]

Background[edit]

The previous elections in 2013 saw the Patriotic Union lose five seats and their majority in the Landtag. The Progressive Citizens' Party also lost a seat, but became the governing party in part due to the entry of The Independents, a new party that won four seats.

The 2013 elections marked the first time that four parties had won seats in the Landtag,[2] with suggestions that protest voting against austerity policies or reduced partisanship amongst voters may have been factors.[2][3][4]

Electoral system[edit]

The 25 members of the Landtag are elected by open list proportional representation from two constituencies, Oberland with 15 seats and Unterland with 10 seats. The electoral threshold is 8%.[5]

Unterland consists of Eschen, Gamprin, Mauren, Ruggell and Schellenberg; Oberland consists of Balzers, Planken, Schaan, Triesen, Triesenberg and Vaduz.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Progressive Citizens' Party 68,673 35.2 –4.8 9 –1
Patriotic Union 65,742 33.7 +0.2 8 0
The Independents 35,885 18.4 +3.1 5 +1
Free List 24,595 12.6 +1.5 3 0
Total 194,895 100 25 0
Valid ballots 14,763 95.8
Invalid/blank ballots 645 4.2
Total 15,408 100
Registered voters/turnout 19,806 77.8
Source: Landstagwahlen
Popular vote
FBP
35.2%
VU
33.7%
DU
18.4%
FL
12.6%
Parliamentary seats
FBP
36.0%
VU
32.0%
DU
20.0%
FL
12.0%

Reactions[edit]

Observers noted the success of the populist and "fringe groups"[6] DU and FL – particularly the former – as well as the losses of the ruling parties at their expense.[7][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Landtagswahlen 2017: Rekordzahl an Kandidaten". Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  2. ^ a b "New Independent party rattles Liechtenstein vote". Global Post. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Politics in tiny Liechtenstein shaken up by surprise election success of independents". Fox News. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Mehrheit der Stimmzettel wurden angepasst". Vaterland. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  5. ^ Article 55 (1) of the Volksrechtegesetz (Law of People's Rights)[permanent dead link] Gesetze.li
  6. ^ a b Stefanini, Sara (5 February 2017). "Liechtenstein's Populists Gain Ground". Politico. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Liechtenstein Populist Party Gains Ground in Parliamentary Elections". Deutsche Welle. February 5, 2017. Retrieved February 5, 2017.