Swiss Voters Elected “Black Sheep”

October 28, 2007

Ricardo Lumengo is proud to be the first black man in Swiss Parliament: “I am a black sheep that was elected.” This is how the lawyer from the watch city of Biel presented himself to the ‘Bieler Tagblatt’. The newspaper then talked to the president of the regional SPP (Swiss People’s Party) about Lumengo: “Switzerland has become increasingly multicultural.” And he does not believe the choice of Lumengo to be a reaction of the voters against the controversal “SVP-Plakate” (SPP black-sheep-posters). “His great popularity was the decisive factor,” he added without mentioning what made him so popular.

Who is the native Angolan?
Lumengo rapidly climbed the political ladder: The 45 year old lawyer has been a member of the City Council of Biel for three years. Last year, he was elected as a member of the Cantonal Parliament of Berne. And now, he is even entitled to represent the region of Biel in the Swiss Federal Parliament, together with the governing Mayor of Biel, Hans Stoeckli, for the four years to come. Both are members of the Social Democrats (SP).

Political Refugee
“I am very pleased about my election”, says Lumengo, “especially after the attack of the ‘Freiheitspartei’ ” (FPS, the regional ultra liberal party by police director Erich Scherrer). Lumengo calls this a “great satisfaction”. After a car crash, the said FPS reported him for “violation of duty” and called him a lier on their website.  Lumengo got fined for that. He is now convinced that his election was a response of the citizens against the campaign of the SPP. “I am a black sheep that was being elected”, he says with regard to the controversal posters.

Lawyer and unifying figure
Lumengo wants to fight for the rights of foreigners and for their integration into Swiss society. He also keeps in mind the education system and the prevention of unemployment. After having received a permit for stay as a political refugee, Lumengo studied law at the University of Fribourg, and now works as a legal consultant at the intercultural centre “Multimondo” in Biel.

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“Schwarzes Schaf” ist jetzt im Schweizer Parlament

October 23, 2007

Ricardo Lumengo ist stolz, erster Schwarzer zu sein: “Ich bin ein schwarzes Schaf, das gewählt wurde.” So präsentierte sich der Bieler Jurist gestern dem Bieler Tagblatt. Das Blatt sprach auch mit dem Berner SVP-Präsidenten über Lumengo: “Die Schweiz ist multikultureller geworden.” Er glaubt nicht, dass Lumengos Wahl eine Reaktion auf die umstrittenen SVP-Plakate sei. “Seine grosse Publizität war ausschlaggebend.”

Wer ist der gebürtige Angolaner?
Lumengos politische Karriere verlief rasant: Seit drei Jahren politisiert der 45-jährige Jurist für die PSR im Bieler Stadtrat. Letztes Jahr wurde er für die SP in den Grossen Rat im Kanton gewählt. Nun darf er für die nächsten vier Jahre zusammen mit Parteikollege Hans Stöckli Biel und Umgebung im Bundeshaus vertreten.

Politischer Flüchtling
“Die Wahl freut mich sehr”, sagt Lumengo, “besonders nach den heftigen Attacken der Freiheitspartei”. Das sei eine “grosse Befriedigung”. Nach einem Autounfall zeigte ihn die in Biel bekannte Freiheitspartei FPS (von Polizeidirektor Erich Scherrer) wegen pflichtwidrigen Verhaltens an und betitelte ihn im Internet als Lügner. Für das Vergehen wurde Lumengo gebüsst. Seine Wahl sei eine Antwort der Bevölkerung auf die Kampagne der SVP. “Ich bin ein schwarzes Schaf, das gewählt wurde”, sagt er in Anspielung auf die SVP-Plakate.

Jurist und Integrationsfigur
Lumengo will sich im Parlament für die Integration von Ausländern und deren Rechte einsetzen. Das Bildungswesen und die Bekämpfung der Arbeitslosigkeit liegen ihm ebenfalls am Herzen. Nachdem er in Schweiz eine Aufenthaltsbewilligung als politischer Flüchtling erhalten hatte, studierte Lumengo in Freiburg Jura und arbeitet heute als juristischer Berater am interkulturellen Begegnungszentrum Multimondo in Biel.


Swiss Elections 2007 Result Update 22-Oct-1:00 p.m.

October 22, 2007

Far right wing clipped despite Swiss People’s Party’s victory jig!!

A much exposed right-wing member of the Swiss National Council NR Ulrich Schlueer has lost his mandate after this year’s election despite the phenomenal result of the Swiss People’s Party in the Swiss National Council. Ulrich Schlüer was interviewed before by The Independent in connection with the campaign about the black sheep posters during his election. He had been identified with the black sheep campagne even before the pre-election riots in Berne, Switzerland.

Those of you who think that the Zurich wing of the Swiss People’s party – as formerly cherished by Government member (Bundesrat) Christoph Blocher – has thus been weekend enough because of the widely hated black sheep campain, may be disillusioned later again. Schluuer has particularly lost votes because of his harsh tone which made many SVP voters embarrassed about Switzerland and its reputation. In Zurich, by the way, the result of the ‘Upper Chamber’ is not out yet. The first round came up with Dr. Felix Gutzwiler, FDP, as winner for the first mandate. The second round might turn out in favor of Ueli Maurer, president of the SVP party, as the second Zurich representative of the upper chamber, which means…
…Dr. Ulrich Schlüer as runner-up will be in parliament again by taking the MP seat of Maurer!

For more detailed results for both the parties and its elected members in both chambres, click National Council (Nationalrat), Upper Chamber (Ständerat) and Overview in German.


Swiss Elections 2007 Result Update 22-Oct-10:30am

October 22, 2007

Provisional Results of Swiss National Council as of 22 Oct, 10:30 a.m. p.m.
Provisorische Hochrechnungen der Wahlen des schweizerischen Nationalrates per 22. Oktober, 10.30 Uhr. MESZ

Party… Mandates 2003.. Percentage 2003.. Mandates 2007.. Percentage 2007
SVP……..55…………………….26.7%……………….62………………….29.0%
.SP………52…………………….23.3%……………….43………………….19.5%
FDP……..36……………………17.3%………………..31………………….15.6%
CVP……..28……………………14.4%………………..31…………………14.6%
GPS……..14……………………..7.7%………………..19…………………..9.6%
OTHER….15……………………..9.1%………………..16………………….11.8%

…CSP……………………………………………………..1…………………..0.4%
…EDU…………………………………………………….1…………………..1.3%
…EVP……………………………………………………..2…………………..2.4%
…GLP……………………………………………………..3…………………..1.4%
…LEGA……………………………………………………1…………………..0.5%
…LPS……………………………………………………..4…………………..1.8%
…PDA……………………………………………………..1…………………..0.7%

Winner/Gewinner: SVP + 7 Mandate(s)
Loser/Verlierer: SP – 9 Mandate(s)

GLOSSAR(Y)
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SVP – Schweizerische Volkspartei (Swiss People’s Party)
SP – Sozialdemokraten (Social Democrats)
FDP – Freisinning-demokratische Partei (Radicals/Liberal Democrats)
CVP – Christliche Volkspartei (Christian Democrats)
GPS – Grüne Partei Schweiz (Green Party)
OTHER – (CSP, EDU, EVP, GLP, LEGA, LPS, PDA)

CSP – Christlich-Soziale Partei (Christian-Social Party)
EDU – Eidgenössisch-Demokratische Union (Federal Democratic Union)
EVP – Evangelische Volkspartei (Evangelical People Party)
GLP – Grün-Liberale Partei (Green-Liberal Party)
LEGA – Lega Ticinese (League in Ticino)
LPS – Liberale Partei Schweiz (Liberals)
PDA – Partei der Arbeit (Labor Party)


Swiss Elections 2007 Results

October 21, 2007

Provisional Results of Swiss National Council as of 21 Oct, 9 p.m.
Provisorische Hochrechnungen der Wahlen des schweizerischen Nationalrates per 21. Oktober, 21 Uhr. MESZ

Party… Mandates 2003.. Percentage 2003.. Mandates 2007.. Percentage 2007
SVP……..55…………………….26.7%……………….62………………….28.8%
.SP………52…………………….23.3%……………….43………………….19.3%
FDP……..36……………………17.3%………………..31………………….15.8%
CVP……..28……………………14.4%………………..31…………………14.7%
GPS……..14……………………..7.7%………………..19…………………..9.6%
OTHER….15……………………..9.1%………………..16………………….11.8%

Winner/Gewinner: SVP + 7 Mandate(s)
Loser/Verlierer: SP – 9 Mandate(s)

GLOSSAR(Y)
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SVP – Schweizerische Volkspartei (Swiss People’s Party)
SP – Sozialdemokraten (Social Democrats)
FDP – Freisinning-demokratische Partei (Radicals/Liberal Democrats)
CVP – Christliche Volkspartei (Christian Democrats)
GPS – Grüne Partei Schweiz (Green Party)
OTHER – (EVP, EDU, GLP, LP, SD, LEGA, PDA)


NY Times on Swiss Pre-Election Riots

October 14, 2007



The electorial compaign of the SVP (Swiss People’s Party) as discussed in the most recent post has brought forth some strange fruits. Not only did they provoke with posters showing white sheep (lawful citizens) kicking out a black sheep (criminal foreigner). By the way, the idea has found copy cats:(Forum Thiazi.net

The poster is not the creation of a fringe movement, but of the most powerful party in Switzerland’s federal Parliament and a member of the coalition government, an extreme right-wing party called the Swiss People’s Party, or SVP. It has been distributed in a mass mailing to Swiss households, reproduced in newspapers and magazines and hung as huge billboards across the country.The poster is not the creation of a fringe movement, but of the most powerful party in Switzerland’s federal Parliament and a member of the coalition government, an extreme right-wing party called the Swiss People’s Party, or SVP. It has been distributed in a mass mailing to Swiss households, reproduced in newspapers and magazines and hung as huge billboards across the country.

About 28% of the voters are expected to elect MPs of this party. The people who vote are not extreme right-wing, but the methodology can be called “extreme right wing”. Extreme right-winger NPD in Germany obviously likes the methodology. But still, the program of the Swiss People’s party should not be compared with any movement abroad.

As voters prepare to go to the polls in a general election on Oct. 21, the poster — and the party’s underlying message — have polarized a country that prides itself on peaceful consensus in politics, neutrality in foreign policy and tolerance in human relations. Suddenly the campaign has turned into a nationwide debate over the place of immigrants in one of the world’s oldest democracies, and over what it means to be Swiss.

Actually, there were more extreme people’s initiatives in the past. One of them asked for a referendum vote that the Swiss constitution should generally limit the portion of foreign residents in this country to 18% (September 2000). This was before the bilateral treaty with the European Union regarding free movement of workforce within Europe came into effect, but still AFTER the number of foreign residents had already exceedeed the hurdle of 18%.

As part of its platform, the SVP party has begun a campaign seeking the 100,000 signatures necessary to force a referendum to let judges deport foreigners after they serve prison sentences for serious crimes. The measure also calls for the deportation of the entire family if the convicted criminal is a minor.

Well, the new initiative in fact goes like this:Bottom line: It aims to expel from the country all foreign citizens who commit a crime or who abuse the social system. It is feared that, if it is the supporter of a family who will be subject of such a “spell”, the whole family (under given circumstances) may face deportation. I didn’t explicitly find this in the draft though.

A week ago, a march of several thousand SVP supporters in Bern ended in clashes between hundreds of rock-throwing counterdemonstrators and riot police officers, who used tear gas to disperse them. The opponents of the rally, organized by a new group called the Black Sheep Committee, had tried to prevent the demonstrators from marching to Parliament.

They didn’t like it. It reminded them too much of the Nazi marches of the thirties. Exponents of two left wing parties including the Green Party and a local community officer stirred up this anger against the SVP party. Out of their hiding places, once the police was busy in other areas downtown, the Black Bloc activists (not black sheep) started to beat down women, children, musicians, their instruments, anything that came in their way on the Bundesplatz, benches, tables, and completely devastated the square of the SVP festivities in front of the Parliament House (Bundeshaus).

The NY Times also mentions the new election campaign video “Heaven and Hell” which contrasts riots like last weekend’s with the SVP heaven. Now they (SVP) managed to provoke enough anger among left wing activists in order to stage a reality show in the Swiss Capitol with black bloc devils destroying the SVP heaven.
Vido “Heaven or Hell” (Himmel oder Hölle)