Finance Minister Merz elected Swiss president

10th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

The 66-year-old finance minister will take over as the Alpine nation’s president for 2009.

GENEVA – Swiss parliament on Wednesday elected Finance Minister Hans-Rudolf Merz as the country's president for 2009.

Switzerland's presidency is rotated annually among the seven members of the Federal Council or government, and is an honorific position.

Merz takes over the presidency from Interior Minister Pascal Couchepin.

The 66-year-old Merz suffered a heart attack on 20 September but returned to his finance portfolio after six weeks of medical leave.

The vice-presidency position went to Economy Minister Doris Leuthard.

[AFP / Expatica]

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