Swiss Citizens Move 2 Stop F-35 Purchase…

A Swiss alliance seeking to block the purchase of F-35 fighter jets said Friday it had received nearly enough support to put the controversial military contract to a referendum.

The left-wing Stop F-35 alliance said it had almost secured the 100,000 signatures required under Switzerland’s direct democracy system to force an issue to a vote.

The consortium has said it does not want the jets because they are costly, and because of a number of technical issues reported with the planes.