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SP CRISIS.

Disagreements among party members of the SP, the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland, came to a head in February resulting in the party's vice-president Pierre Aeby's demand that Ursula Koch resign her position as parry president. Also renouncing Koch's policies, former party president Peter Bodenmann was a catalyst for Aeby's demand. The crisis divided the party between those who felt Koch was leading the party in the wrong direction and those who remained supportive of her policies.

Despite criticism from numerous party members, Koch refused to give up her seat as president explaining that she couldn't simply give in to party members' pressure and that she still had a political agenda to which she had to attend. Koch displayed clear signs of stress during an interview with DRS radio and subsequently aborted the discussion. However, she did to a degree recognise party members' pleas that she needs to do more to accommodate the political opinions and agendas of all the party's factions. Other party members expressed the need to work together on restructuring the party, end the quarrelling and get back to policy-making.
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Title Annotation:Social Democratic Party of Switzerland
Author:MAUPIN, MICHAEL
Publication:Swiss News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EXSI
Date:Apr 1, 2000
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