Swiss reject plan to scrap military draft
GENEVA (AFP) - Switzerland's voters on Sunday rejected a plan to axe the country's military draft, bucking Europe's anti-conscription trend and sticking to a tradition as Swiss as chocolate and cheese.
Results from Sunday's referendum showed an overwhelming 73 per cent vote against scrapping compulsory military service, and just 27 per cent in favour.
Armed neutrality has been the cornerstone of Switzerland's defence policy for almost two centuries, with soldiers straddling the civilian and military worlds, keeping their weapons at home when they are not in training.
The plan was opposed by the political right and centre, as well as parliament and Switzerland's cross-party government.