Women, Overrepresentation, Greens
Heated quota discussions about Sommaruga’s successor
The SP leadership wants to nominate only women to succeed Federal Councilor Simmonetta Sommaruga – and is receiving criticism for this. That is ideological and also inconsistent, it says in the SRF Arena.
Marco Chiesa (from left) and Andrea Caroni criticize the successor plans of the SP in the SRF Arena with moderator Sandro Brotz.
The decision of the SP leadership to send a two-way ticket with two women to succeed Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga (62) in the race provides plenty to talk about. In the SRF Arena on Friday, the bourgeois politicians do not hold back with criticism. “It’s gender politics and ideological,” says SVP President Marco Chiesa (47), “If you have a man with experience and skills, why shouldn’t he be allowed to run for office?” Chiesa alluded to SP Councilor Daniel Jositsch (57) in the Arena show, who had brought himself up as a possible candidate.
The representation of women and also of the language regions was hotly debated in the arena: on Wednesday, the SP also left the door open to candidates from Latin Switzerland. Although two Italians and one Ticino are already represented in the Federal Council. However, that is no reason to exclude candidates from these regions from the outset, as SP National Councilor Samira Marti (28) explained on the show: A temporary over-representation of Latin Switzerland is not a problem. According to Marti, the decisive factor is the suitability of the candidates.
Two SP men not an issue
FDP Councilor of States Andrea Caroni (42) countered: You can’t argue with competence in one case, but at the same time exclude all men from a candidacy. That was “a fetish-like fixation”.
“For us it is very important that there are two women that we will present to the Federal Assembly,” said Marti. The SP is the party of equality and accordingly cannot fill its two Federal Council seats with men. “The representation of women” still has “a special political significance” in a country that introduced women’s suffrage so late and was almost always ruled by a male majority.
Which population group is represented and how strongly in the Federal Council also dominated the further course of the conversation: The bourgeois representatives of the Green Councilor Lisa Mazzone (34) accused her party of not attacking the vacant SP seat. “This is a missed opportunity,” said Marianne Binder (64), about the center of the National Council. After all, the left, with around 30 percent of the vote, would not be entitled to more than two seats.
“The Federal Council parties simply want to retain their power,” countered Mazzone. The right-wing parties are currently also over-represented with the FDP and SVP, and the Green Party voters, with a share of over 13 percent, have a right to representation in the Bundesrat. (smt)