Between the parties that have two Federal Council seats, one seat or no seat at all, there is a difference of three percentage points in the voter share, said Pfister in an interview with the “NZZ am Sonntag”. It is clear that this creates pressure. He expects the state government to withstand this pressure.
The purpose of political stability is that federal councilors are not voted out of office without necessity. Switzerland finds itself in a dilemma between change and stability. At the last federal elections in 2019, it was decided not to change the magic formula.
This is because all Federal Councilors have returned. It remains to be seen whether this will be the case again in the next elections in autumn 2023. If the development of the parties from 2019 continues, there is certainly a greater need for action.
In this case one could expect members of the state government to consider whether the election results of their party sufficiently legitimized a renewed candidacy. “I’ve always said that elections must have consequences,” said Pfister.
On October 22 next year, the 200 members of the National Council and 46 members of the Council of States will be re-elected in Switzerland for a four-year term. The general elections for the Federal Council (SDA) then traditionally follow in December