Guy Parmelin

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Guy Parmelin
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Head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
Assumed office
1 January 2019
Preceded byJohann Schneider-Ammann
Head of the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports
In office
1 January 2016 – 31 December 2018
Preceded byUeli Maurer
Succeeded byViola Amherd
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Assumed office
1 January 2016
Preceded byEveline Widmer-Schlumpf
Personal details
Born (1959-11-09) 9 November 1959 (age 60)
Bursins, Switzerland
Political partySwiss People's Party

Guy Parmelin (born 9 November 1959)[1] is a Swiss politician, member of the Swiss People's Party.

A master wine grower by trade, he was elected to the National Council since 2003.[1] On 9 December 2015, he was elected by the Federal Assembly to the Federal Council in replacement of Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf.[2][3]

Swiss Federal Council[edit]

After the Swiss People's Party (SVP) won a record vote of over 29% in the 2015 general elections, Federal Council member Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf announced she would not run for re-election on the Council.[4][5] She had been expelled from the SVP shortly after her election, and she then founded the Conservative Democratic Party.

The SVP was expected to take Widmer-Schlumpf's seat, and put forward three candidates, including Parmelin, who was ultimately elected.[6] Parmelin became the first SVP member of the Federal Council from the French-speaking part of Switzerland.[6][7]

Parmelin was selected to become head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports, replacing fellow SVP-member Ueli Maurer, who became head of the Federal Department of Finance.[8] Starting in 2019, Parmelin became the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b (in French) Biography of Guy Parmelin on the website of the Swiss Parliament. (Page visited on 9 December 2015).
  2. ^ (in French) Bernard Wuthrich, "Conseil fédéral: comment un Romand s’est retrouvé élu", Le Temps, Wednesday 9 December 2015 (page visited on 9 December 2015).
  3. ^ (in French) Yves Petignat, "Le choix de Parmelin, un désaveu pour la direction de l'UDC", Le Temps, Wednesday 9 December 2015 (page visited on 9 December 2015).
  4. ^ Jaberg, Samuel; Stephens, Thomas (28 October 2015). "Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf to Stand Down". Swissinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  5. ^ Geiser, Urs (19 October 2015). "Parliament Shifts to the Right". Swissinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b Mombelli, Armando (10 December 2015). "People's Party Gains Second Seat in Cabinet". Swissinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  7. ^ Bradley, Simon (10 December 2015). "Wary Press Split Over Farmer Parmelin". Swissinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  8. ^ "People's Party finally nails finance minister job". Swissinfo. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
2016–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ueli Maurer
Head of the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports
2016–2018
Succeeded by
Viola Amherd
Preceded by
Johann Schneider-Ammann
Head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
2019–present
Incumbent