Swiss president and two new ministers elected

Swiss president and two new ministers elected

Channel NewsAsia - World·2018-12-05 20:00

Swiss Finance Minister Ueli Maurer has been elected as the country's next president, a largely symbolic post. (Photo: AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

GENEVA: Switzerland's parliament on Wednesday (Dec 5) elected the country's hardline finance minister to serve in the largely symbolic position of president next year, and also picked two women to fill vacant ministerial spots.

The choice of Ueli Maurer, a 68-year-old member of the populist rightwing Swiss People's Party, came as no surprise as it was his turn among the seven members of the Swiss government to take on the rotating one-year presidency.

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