Swiss seen rejecting plan to speed exit from nuclear energy

BERLIN (AP) — A plan to force Switzerland's government to accelerate the country's exit from nuclear energy appears headed for defeat in a referendum.

A projection for SRF public television showed the initiative failing by 55 percent to 45 on Sunday.

The plan promoted by the Green party would mean the closure of three of Switzerland's five nuclear plants next year, with the last shutting in 2029.

After the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Swiss government adopted a gradualist approach toward transitioning the country to renewable energy by 2050. It said nuclear plants should continue to operate as long as they are deemed safe, but didn't set a precise timetable.

Under Switzerland's direct democracy system, proposals need a majority of both cantons (states) and votes to pass.
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