New vote on fighter jet purchase

F-35 (c) Simon Hurry

Campaigners fighting the CHF 6bn purchase of 36 American F-35 fighter jet have collected enough signatures to put the issue to the vote – and are demanding a quick vote before the March deadline of finalizing the deal with the US government.

The group ‘Switzerland without an Army’ says the jet is not suitable for this country as it’s an offensive weapon designed to fire in enemy territory.

hey also say the F-35 is proven to be an expensive aircraft to operate. 

The government was to seal the deal as soon as possible as other countries are lining up to the planes since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. If the deadline is missed, they may not be available. 

The vote may be accelerated and could be on the ballot in November. The people have already given the go-ahead of the purchase, but only by a small majority of 50.1% in September 2020. 

Commentators suggest any upcoming vote may greenlight the acquisition by a larger majority due to the Ukraine situation. 

More from Bitesize News

  • Annecy attack - children remain critical

    Four children aged between 22 months and three years old are being treated for their injuries after being attacked by a knifeman in Annecy yesterday afternoon. They’re in a critical condition.

  • Girl refused permission to go on marine course

    The parents of a 12-year-old girl in canton Zug are furious at her school as they won’t allow a one week dispensation for her to travel to Australia to take part in a world renowned study of marine life around the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Pride this weekend

    The Pride March in Geneva tomorrow is expected to attract 30,000. Police are warning of major disruptions in the centre of the city, road closures and there’ll be several public transport lines cut or closed.

  • Geneva Street Food Festival now on

    The Geneva Street Food Festival is underway. It opened yesterday afternoon and is on for the next 9 days.

  • Rockfall alert could last for weeks

    Residents in the threatened village of Brienz in Graubünden were allowed to visit their homes briefly yesterday.

  • Geneva power cut traps lift users

    Geneva firefighters had to rescue several people stuck in elevators on Tuesday night as a major power cut plunged several districts into darkness.