Government Rejects Idea Of 'Swiss Abroad Constituency'


(MENAFN- Swissinfo) Português (pt) Governo rejeita ideia de "eleitorado suíço no exterior"

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While it is important for Swiss citizens living abroad to be represented in parliament, this can be done by the current system of parliamentarians elected via the 26 cantons, the government said on Thursday.

In a statement in response to a motion by House of Representatives member Jean-Luc Addor (Swiss People's Party), the government referred to the“Parliamentary Group of Swiss Abroad”. At the end of July 2023, 78 parliamentarians belonged to this group. The government asked parliament to reject Addor's motion.

Swiss Abroad are also indirectly represented in national politics via the 140-member Council of the Swiss Abroad, which also includes Swiss members of parliament. This body brings the concerns of the Swiss abroad to the attention of the relevant authorities, the government wrote.

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Addor calls for separate constituencies for the Swiss abroad, without specifying a number. A necessary legal basis is needed. Around 227,000 of the approximately 800,000 Swiss living abroad are on an electoral register. It is legitimate for them to have their own representation in the House of Representatives, Addor thinks.

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