Votes and elections – Amherd on fighter jets: “This is a majority decision” – News


Amherd: “Budget framework is not being reconsidered”

A journalist wants to know if the budget of 6 billion Swiss francs for the fighter jets is being reconsidered in view of the tight outcome. Amherd replied that the people accepted the proposal and that this should be respected regardless of the tight outcome. If you can buy enough suitable aircraft at a lower price, you will certainly look at it, says Amherd.


Amherd: “Army can continue to fulfill its tasks in the future”

Now it is Defense Minister Viola Amherd’s turn. She had the most exciting voting Sunday with the ultra-tight yes to the procurement of fighter jets. “The yes means a long-term investment in the security of the Swiss population and the infrastructure of this country.” In this way, the Swiss Army will continue to be able to fulfill its tasks in the future. The DDPS will inform the population about the next steps in procurement.


Berset on paternity leave: “Very good news for families”

Interior Minister Alain Berset is now saying yes to paternity leave. “This is very good news for families.” Family and professional life could now be better reconciled. The clear result shows that the role models are changing.


Children’s prints: Maurer is not surprised by the result

Now Ueli Maurer (SVP) speaks about the children’s deductions. “The proposal had a difficult phase in Parliament.” The parliamentarians had heavily rewritten the bill. “That’s why I’m not surprised by the result.” The vote should not be understood to mean that the voting population is against families. Now there is already a new parliamentary initiative that would take up the Federal Council’s original idea. The proposal will presumably be dealt with in parliament next year. “I’m definitely giving it a chance,” said the head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF).


Sommaruga on the vote on the hunting law: “I want to hold Switzerland together”

“The hunting law has not only been rejected in urban cantons such as Geneva or Basel-Stadt, rural cantons such as Jura and Aargau have also rejected it,” explains Federal President and Environment Minister Simonetta Sommaruga.

The no means that the electorate does not want to change anything in the current hunting law, says Sommaruga. The federal government continues to have the final say on the regulation of wolf packs. The debate about this law was often emotional. In this regard, she emphasizes: “For the Federal Council, it is important that the No is not directed against sheep farmers and mountain regions. No region should be left behind. I want to keep Switzerland together. No region can be forgotten. “


Keller-Sutter: “We need stable relations with the EU”

Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter (FDP) begins with her statement on the rejection of the “limitation initiative”. “The people and the cantons have once again spoken out in favor of solid, sustainable bilateral relationships with our most important trading partner,” summarized the Federal Councilor. “For months the Federal Council has been doing everything it can to ensure that the economy quickly returns to the excellent situation it was in before the crisis.” For this, companies would need stable relationships with the EU, legal security and economic prospects. “The sovereign created these conditions today.”

The Federal Council announced in the last few months that the talks on the institutional agreement with the EU would resume after the BGI vote, said Keller-Sutter. In the next few weeks, the Federal Council will determine Switzerland’s position and start discussions with the EU on how to resolve the outstanding issues.


Federal Council media conference

The Federal Council’s media conference on the voting results now follows. As many as five magistrates comment on their respective dealings. We will broadcast the media conference live in the stream and in the ticker.


Don’t be afraid of the wolf – in the cities

An assessment by SRF Bundeshaus editor Curdin Vincenz: The narrow no to the hunting law by the people is a defeat for the Federal Council and the bourgeois parties. They have not succeeded in making it clear to a majority that stricter measures are needed against wolves and that the cantons should be able to intervene earlier. And the opponents’ argument that what would bloom for the wolf with the new law could soon also apply to other protected animals such as the lynx, beaver or gray heron, if they could not dispel.

The results show a pronounced rift between town and country, between mountain and valley. Obviously, many city dwellers do not understand the worries and complaints of sheep farmers in Valais or in Graubünden. This is not the first time that there are two different perspectives on the mountain regions: those of the city dwellers who are looking for the most intact nature possible there, and those of the locals who fear that the so-called Unterländer want to turn their homeland into a nature park.

Today’s narrow winners, environmental groups, Greens and SP, have an obligation. In the referendum campaign, they asserted that they knew that wolves could also cause problems. They would therefore not stand in the way of a new hunting law that is reasonable from their point of view. So that the dispute about the wolf does not go on for long, you should give it a hand now.


Vincenz has been working for Radio SRF for 18 years. He is currently reporting on what is going on in the Federal Palace. Previously, he was the SRF regional correspondent in Zurich and moderator of the program “Rendez-vous”.



Chiesa: No to the «limitation initiative» has to do with Corona

With the clear failure of the «limitation initiative», the new SVP President Marco Chiesa is one of the losers of the day. “We don’t want a 10 million Switzerland,” emphasizes the Ticino once again. The clear no to the initiative of his party also had to do with the corona crisis: “There is a certain amount of uncertainty,” said Chiesa. With this the initiative opponents would have known how to play. The SVP President is convinced that issues such as priority for domestic residents will also be on the table in the future.


Hunting law: The yes from the mountain areas was not enough

Political scientist Lukas Golder interprets the result of the hunting law as follows:
«The mountain areas and cantons of Central Switzerland voted for the hunting law. The large Swiss Plateau together with western Switzerland, where many people live, tipped the balance to say no today. “


FDP President: “People want to know that their airspace is protected”

Petra Gössi (FDP President) is grateful that, despite Corona and the discussions about costs, a yes to the fighter jets resulted today. “It has been shown that one wants to know that the airspace is protected.” She believes Viola Amherd had a very good referendum fight. However, it assumes that the left parties were able to mobilize their supporters very well.


The FDP and CVP are calling on the Federal Council to take into account the narrow yes of the fighter jet vote when purchasing the new aircraft. On the picture: FDP President Petra Gössi.



Golder on the fighter jet vote: The GLP as a decisive factor

For Lukas Golder, the GLP made a significant contribution to the narrow yes on the fighter jet question: “It is not that the GLP supporters followed this slogan very well, but there were a little more yes votes overall, especially from the canton of Zurich where the GLP is very strong and that is what makes it all. “


SP-Nordmann: “Amherd did a good job”

Roger Nordmann says that Viola Amherd had a very good voting match. “That is why the bill was accepted.” But the army suffered from a credibility problem, the SP parliamentary group president continued. “The situation analysis of the risks is wrong.” Furthermore, the answers are always the same, although the situation has changed. The SP showed other concepts, “we were very credible with that”. He would never have thought that the opponents would do so well. “The army must have the books.”

Nordmann is today representing SP President Christian Levrat, who stayed at home with the family due to pending Corona test results.

Presidential round in the studio.

Nordmann and Gössi agree in the SRF group: Viola Amherd had had a good vote.



Pfister: “A great day for direct democracy”

CVP President Gerhard Pfister is visibly pleased in the presidential round at SRF: “It’s a great day for direct democracy.” Pfister cannot say why the race for the fighter jet submission of his party colleague, Defense Minister Viola Amherd, was so close. “It probably has something to do with mobilization.” But Pfister doesn’t want to speculate.


Narrow no to the hunting law

Wolf protection is not being relaxed: With 51.9 percent, Switzerland just said no to the revised hunting law. Zurich was the last canton to reject the hunting law with 58.6 percent no votes.

Switzerland map with colored cantons.



Fighter jet procurement accepted wafer-thin

That was a real Hitchcock final: the canton of Zurich is the last canton to say yes to fighter jet procurement. This means that the bill is accepted with a wafer-thin 50.1 percent yes-vote and the fleet of aircraft can take off. The decisive factor was an ultra-tight 8,670 votes.

Card fighter jets



Canton of Zurich rejects new hunting law

In the canton of Zurich, 58.6 percent voted no to the new hunting law.


Aargauer people narrowly reject the energy law

In the canton of Aargau, the electorate just barely rejected the controversial energy law with 50.9 votes against. The law intended to reduce the CO2 emissions of the buildings. The SVP and the cantonal homeowners association rejected the Energy Act.

The voters said yes to the abolition of school maintenance. The voters clearly approved the reorganization of the management structures of the elementary school.


Fighter jet procurement: Golder sees minimal tendency for a yes

Political scientist Lukas Golder explains that the tendency is very close to yes. A note comes from the canton of Bern. There it goes towards 50+, so for a yes to fighter jet procurement. But nothing is official yet.


Extrapolation: Still stalemate in fighter jets – 51 percent against the hunting law

And the tension lives on: According to the latest SRG extrapolation, it is still 50 to 50. The hunting law has 51 percent no votes. The error range is one percent.

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