The claim on women is undisputed. When Doris Leuthard leaves the Bundesrat as announced, Simonetta Sommaruga leaves only one female member of the government. The claim of Central and Eastern Switzerland on one of the seven seats, which is currently only occupied by exponents from the Greater-Bern-Freiburg-Zurich area, as well as a Ticino and Vaud countries, is also widely recognized.
But with the end of the summer holidays these claims are shaken – everything makes autumn new.
If Leuthard is going now, it will be difficult
On the one hand, this is due to the growing number of indications that the Minister of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications could throw in the towel in the autumn session. The CVP magistrate had given "her acquaintances" as if she would not stay in the Bundesrat for long ", reported the" World Week "and justified Leuthard's caution that her influence in the panel had decreased since the election of Ignazio Cassis.
On the other hand, Konrad Graber has put his Bundesratsambitiones on the nail this week. For many years, Lucerne's CVP Council of States has been regarded as a promising successor to Leuthard, as is chairwoman Gerhard Pfister from Zug. However, this was previously out of the race because he wanted to lead his party in the elections.
This immediately led to speculation that Pfister would survive forever if Leuthard were to remain at the end of the legislature and announces his resignation in September next year – preferably with FDP federal councilor Johann Schneider-Ammann, for the strategists of both parties. largest possible To offer space.
But if it now resigns, from which more and more political observers have recently emerged, it will be difficult for central Switzerland. "When Doris Leuthard comes first, our party is under pressure to put a woman," says Erich Ettlin. The Obwalner CVP Council of States, a professional accountant and one of the heads of the party's health insurance initiative, now owns the papabili. In any case, he finds all the words that qualify him for a candidacy: that he has not started to become a federal councilor. And: "Central Switzerland should have a federal council."
In the meantime, an Eastern Swiss citizen, the St. Gallen financial director Benedikt Würth, is treated as at least as hot a candidate. Although he lacks the power of the house in Bundesbern, he is widely recognized as the president of the conference of cantonal governments. Party leader Pfister describes him as an "excellent executive politician".
Würth is encouraged by not just leftist circles, who want to prevent the St. Gallen FDP council member Karin Keller-Sutter succeeding Schneider-Ammann. With him, the claim of Eastern Switzerland would be satisfied. But it would still be that of central Switzerland – and that of women.
Good race, but wrong part of the country
To cash in on the latter, a woman from another part of the country is credited in advance: CVP vice-party leader Viola Amherd from the Upper Valais is well supported far beyond her own faction. But her handicap is not only that she comes from the wrong region. But also that it is considered as left.
This in turn increases the chances of Würth – and further narrows the candidate and in particular the female candidate field of the FDP. Anyway, the founding company barely comes back to rent a woman. If she also wants to meet the regional requirements, she can compete with her president, Petra Gössi, from Schwyz. In no case does this categorically dissipate. But what does everyone say, who aspires at the office: the question is not currently.