SP has important posts to fill
Will Jositsch be rewarded now?
Because Elisabeth Baume-Schneider was elected to the Federal Council, the SP has to fill her position as Vice President of the Council of States. Few would qualify – including one who only recently fell out of favor.
The election of Elisabeth Baume-Schneider to the Federal Council has created new problems for the SP. She has to fill the post of Vice President of the Council of States.
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Federal Councilor Elisabeth Baume-Schneider (58) presents the SP with new problems. Because ten days before the Jurassic woman was elected to the state government, she took up another post: she was elected Vice President of the Council of States. In 2024 she was to preside over the small chamber.
But nothing will come of it now. The Social Democrats who are entitled to the post must find a replacement. And that turns out to be difficult – there are only three people who can do it.
Two possible with history
Including two who played a central, albeit very different role in the Federal Council election: crown favorite Eva Herzog (60), who, contrary to expectations, was not elected, and Daniel Jositsch (57), who caused trouble in the group with his wild candidacy would have.
Daniel Jositsch at the BR election: “I didn’t give myself the 58 votes myself”(01:18)
In the case of Herzog, it is questionable whether, after the Federal Council’s defeat, she even feels like consoling the Presidency of the Council of States. Especially since she recently said that she felt a little lonely in Parliament.
With Jositsch, it’s not just a question of whether he wants to – but whether he’s wanted. Even if the anger in the group about his lack of solidarity solo run in the Federal Council elections has now largely evaporated: It is difficult to imagine that he will now be rewarded with the prestigious Presidency of the Council of States for having thwarted the SP tactic with the purely women’s ticket.
A Genevan would be interested
Only Carlo Sommaruga (63) from Geneva remains. Because the other SP councilors will no longer sit in parliament in 2024: Hans Stöckli (70, BE), Paul Rechsteiner (70, SG) and Roberto Zanetti (57, SO) will resign, Marina Carrobbio (56) will then probably politicize in the Ticino government.
Sommaruga says that he would be interested in the post: “It would be an unexpected honor to be President of the Council of States,” he said when asked. “The office would appeal to me, but I will discuss the issue with my colleagues.”
The first talks will be held on Monday, after which the councilors will decide who to propose. The council will probably vote next week.