Recently, Federal Councilor Viola Amherd (59) found herself in a wasp nest: Against the background of the Ukraine war, she had called on the committee against the procurement of 36 F-35 fighter jets to stop collecting signatures.
In the spring session, she also made it clear: If the initiative is not submitted by the end of March, there is “zero chance of voting on it before 2024”. However, the purchase offers from the USA are only valid until the end of March 2023. A delay would lead to higher costs, she warned. March is over – and the initiative has still not been submitted.
Buy first or vote?
This to the annoyance of the bourgeoisie, who want to quickly increase the army budget by 2 billion francs a year. Also to promote the purchase of fighter jets. All the louder are the voices in the bourgeois camp to decide to buy a fighter jet before a decision has been made about the initiative at the ballot box.
A procedure that is highly controversial among the population, as a representative survey by the Tamedia media shows. Accordingly, 49 percent of those surveyed are in favor of buying the aircraft without waiting for the initiative. 47 percent are against signing the purchase contract early.
A good two-thirds of the supporters of the SVP, FDP and Mitte are clearly in favor of accelerating procurement. A good three quarters of the SP and the Greens are clearly against it. In the case of the Green Liberals, the relationship is roughly balanced, with slight advantages for the opponents.
Initiators in the final sprint
The initiative itself is in its final stages and could be submitted soon – probably in the summer months. However, the collection period does not expire until the end of February 2023, leaving plenty of scope for delaying tactics.
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