Traditional assembly held for first time since pandemic

The Klöntal Lake, canton Glarus (c)

The traditional Landsgemeinde – or cantonal assembly - in canton Glarus was able to go ahead on its traditional date – the first Sunday in May – for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

It’s a tradition that always arouses interest across the country as its the most visible show of direct democracy. 

Residents gather in the main square and vote on issues by raising their voting cards.

It’s a system that dates back to the middle-ages. 

Yesterday’s meeting was also observed by a delegation from the Council of Europe so they can watch Swiss federalism in action. 

The population voted to raise tax, make climate protection a constitutional requirement and ban private motorized vehicles around the picturesque Klöntal lake for at least eight Sundays a year. 

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