|Head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research|
|Assumed office |
1 January 2019
|Preceded by||Johann Schneider-Ammann|
|Head of the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports|
1 January 2016 – 31 December 2018
|Preceded by||Ueli Maurer|
|Succeeded by||Viola Amherd|
|Member of the Swiss Federal Council|
|Assumed office |
1 January 2016
|Preceded by||Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf|
|Born||9 November 1959|
|Political party||Swiss People's Party|
A master wine grower by trade, he was elected to the National Council since 2003. On 9 December 2015, he was elected by the Federal Assembly to the Federal Council in replacement of Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf.
Swiss Federal Council
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. 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. Parmelin became the first member of the Federal Council who is also a member of the SVP from the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
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. Starting in 2019, Parmelin became the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.
Notes and references
- (in French) Biography of Guy Parmelin on the website of the Swiss Parliament. (Page visited on 9 December 2015).
- (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).
- (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).
- Jaberg, Samuel; Stephens, Thomas (28 October 2015). "Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf to Stand Down". Swissinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
- Geiser, Urs (19 October 2015). "Parliament Shifts to the Right". Swissinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
- Mombelli, Armando (10 December 2015). "People's Party Gains Second Seat in Cabinet". Swissinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
- Bradley, Simon (10 December 2015). "Wary Press Split Over Farmer Parmelin". Swissinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
- "People's Party finally nails finance minister job". Swissinfo. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
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