Swiss parliament shifts to right in vote dominated by migrant fears

The entrance of a polling station in Fribourg, western Switzerland, on October 18, 2015The populist Swiss People’s Party (SVP), known for its virulent campaigns against immigration, the European Union and Islam, won 65 of the 200 seats in the lower house, up from the current 54, and saw its support rise to its highest-ever level. The SVP was seen raking in 29.5 percent of the vote, compared to the 26.6 percent won in 2011 and beating its previous record score of 28.9 in 2007, the national broadcaster RTS projected. Along with advances made by the centre-right Liberal Party, Switzerland’s third-largest party, which took three additional seats on top of its current 30, SVP’s gains should tip the scale in parliament from the centre-left towards a centre-right majority.

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