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Swiss Vote to Withdraw Country From Use of Nuclear Power

A projection from Sunday's referendum shows a majority of cantons (states) voted for the plan. Under Switzerland's direct democracy system, initiatives need a majority of both cantons and votes to pass.

Associated Press

Updated:May 21, 2017, 7:53 PM IST
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Swiss Vote to Withdraw Country From Use of Nuclear Power
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Berlin: Swiss voters are supporting a referendum to withdraw the country from nuclear power in favour of renewable energy.

A projection from Sunday's referendum shows a majority of cantons (states) voted for the plan. Under Switzerland's direct democracy system, initiatives need a majority of both cantons and votes to pass.

The projection for SRF public television showed 58% of voters in favour and 42% against the proposal.

The Swiss government wants to ban the construction of new nuclear power plants and decommission the country's five existing ones at the end of their technically safe operating lives.

The plan would also boost renewable energies such as solar and wind and make cars and electronic devices more energy efficient.

Opponents warned the initiative would significantly increase electricity bills.

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