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Simonetta Sommaruga resigns from the Federal Council.

Pascal Tischhauser and Lea Hartmann

Simonetta Sommaruga (62) would have liked to have stayed longer as a member of the Federal Council. But a stroke of fate suddenly thwarted the Environment and Energy Minister’s plans for the future. After twelve years in office, the SP politician is leaving the government at the end of the year, like Finance Minister Ueli Maurer (72).

Ten days ago, her husband, the writer Lukas Hartmann (78), suffered a stroke, Sommaruga justified her decision. The Federal Councilor took a break last week because of the health of her husband, to whom she has been married for 26 years.

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