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FT.com / World - Swiss rift as ex-minister threatens revenge

Christoph Blocher, Switzerland's leading rightwing politician, on Thursday warned he would exact revenge for his ejection from the new government, as his Swiss People's party, the SVP, called time on the consensual system that has dominated national politics for decades.

The billionaire industrialist turned politician said the SVP would go into opposition, overturning Switzerland's traditional system of coalition governments and taking the country into uncharted political territory.

The SVP, which took 29 per cent of the vote in October's general election, making it the biggest political party, could paralyse the new government, which Mr Blocher ridiculed as a "centre-left administration" in a bitter parting speech .

The party, which is well financed and formidably organised, said it would exploit the full potential of Switzerland's referendum-based, direct democracy to challenge any legislation it found unacceptable.

That could complicate attempts to deepen relations with the European Union or to dilute the harsh anti-immigrant law and order measures pushed through by Mr Blocher in his four years as justice minister.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 12:25:52 AM EST
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right wingers behaving in a vindictive manner after being called on their behaviour ? Who'd'a thunk it ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 06:26:56 AM EST
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ridiculed as a "centre-left administration"

Being centre-left is a term of ridicule?

well financed

By whom?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 07:46:37 AM EST
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