Landsgemeinde - The most spectacular form of direct democracy in Switzerland. Citizens who have the right to vote are summoned on a specific date and gather outdoors in the village square to elect members of government and judges and to vote laws and spending. Appeared in 1231, it now only exists in two cantons and take place once per year: Appenzell Innerrhoden (the last sunday in April) and Glarus (first sunday in May). The Landsgemeinden have preserved a different traditionalism and ceremonial depending on the place / Thus the Appenzellois carry a sword attesting to their right to vote. In Glarus, during deliberations, the landamman leans on the sword, symbol of its function.

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