With a view to the federal elections in autumn 2023, Vaud National Councilor Pierre-Yves Maillard has expressed an interest in a seat on the Council of States. The Vaud National Councilor Roger Nordmann had previously announced that he wanted to become a member of the Council of States.
The last cantonal elections have shown how difficult it is to win majority elections. Among federal politicians, he is the only one who has experience at cantonal level, Maillard told the French-speaking Swiss daily “24 Heures”.
Nordmann’s time is up
According to the statutes of the SP Vaud, the leader of the parliamentary group in the federal councils, Roger Nordmann, can no longer extend his mandate. When asked whether his candidacy for the Council of States heralded the end of Nordmann’s political career, Maillard said that he regretted that, of course, but was not to blame.
The challenges are great. And it is up to the party to make a choice. If the left were as strong in the Council of States as in the National Council, the SP would have succeeded with its proposal to provide the AHV with funds from the Swiss National Bank amounting to 15 billion francs, said Maillard.
Decision will be made in June
Even so, it would be difficult enough to assert oneself against the bourgeois parties. The right has learned that in order to be victorious, it must come together. With the existing majority voting system, she could assert herself against the left.
At its delegates’ meeting on June 25, the SP of the canton of Vaud will vote on who will be put in the race for a seat in the Council of States. The canton of Vaud is currently in the Stöckli with the Green Adèle Thorens and the FDP man Olivier Français.
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