Argou Comrades Override Term Limit for Draft Horses
Extra Sausage for SP Boss Vermuth
SP co-president Cedric Wermuth has received permission from Argouer SP for another term in the National Council. An exception has been made for the period limit for that.
SP co-president Cedric Wermuth could politicize Bern for four more years.
Cedric Wermuth (36) can compete again. On Tuesday evening, the representatives of SP Argau gave a green signal to the SP co-president in the National Council for four years.
Indeed, cantonal party statutes set a term limit of twelve years. Vermuth, who was elected to the National Council at the age of 25, achieved the position the following year. However, a clause provides that representatives may allow four more political years with a two-thirds majority.
“Cedric Needs It”
In Wermuth’s case, the decision was a matter of form: It was unanimous – and with a standing ovation. There were no critical voices. No one in the party is interested in toppling the co-president of the national party. Without its driving force, the SP fears losing a seat in the National Council. Three years ago, the Argou Comrades won the third seat – no one wants to jeopardize it.
Wermuth described himself and SP Aargau as a “dream team”. As national party president, with co-president Mattia Meyer, he does his best for the party every day.
“Cedric needs this in the national council,” said SP councilor Lelia Hunzikar. “He’s not at the end of his career after twelve years, he’s not tired or exhausted, he just turns it on.” That, so to speak, “sp bi de lut”. Wermuth’s National Council ally Yvonne Ferry (56) also campaigned for leader of her party – even though she herself took the term limit on the National Council as an opportunity to end her political career.
Sutter wants to be on the Council of States
She was never a chair gluer, Ferry said. «It was always important to me to make room for fresh energy and to give room to new ideas.» She justified her decision to leave with her professional future. He is in a “tough age” and is dependent on earning some money before retirement.
Third Aargau SP national councilor Gabriella Suter (49) could also make room for someone new: delegates nominated her as the state council’s candidate on Tuesday evening. Goal: Aarauerin should get a seat on the resigned SVP Council of States Hansjörg Knecht (62). “I think it’s going to be tough. But it’s possible!” Sutter said in a belligerent tone.
Badrano also needs an exception
Wermuth isn’t the only comrade to get in the way of term limits ahead of the 2023 election. Many other cantonal parties have the same or similar rules.
SP faction leader Roger Nordmann (49) really should have vacated his seat – if the Wad SP hadn’t even turned a blind eye. And with Zurich National Counselor Jacqueline Badran (60), another SP heavyweight is up to an exception. A decision in her case will not be made until spring next year, as reported by “Teges-Anziger”. Although she too can be sure that she can stay if she wants. (LHA)