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L´Hebdo - Switzerland | 02/08/2007

The lack of Swiss representatives abroad

"645,000 citizens and not one elected!", laments Mario Sessa, the weekly's assistant chief editor. He denounces the lack of political representatives that the Swiss living abroad suffer from. "The political weight of the Swiss diaspora has become an arithmetic reality that should be given the possibility to be expressed directly [There are around 7,5 million Swiss inhabitants] As we know, an expatriate can be represented in an election, but according to the federal rules, only by enrolling on a list in a specific canton. This procedure will never afford the slightest chance of being elected..." Mario Sessa suggests that the Organisation of the Swiss abroad "could form their own electoral circle and benefit from a certain number of reserved seats, in the Council of State governments as much as on a national level. Italy and France have already proposed such a system for their expatriates."

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