, These Prominent Politicians Are Hoping for the Exception
Parties control how long their members can hold office. Ahead of the 2023 elections, the clock is ticking for many – including Cedric Wermuth and Jacqueline Badran.
For Cedric Wermuth, the 2023 election begins this Tuesday. In order to allow the co-president of SP Switzerland to run for the National Council again, he needs a special permit from members of his party: the SP Aargau limits the term of his duties to three legislatures. To run again, Wermuth has to get two-thirds of delegates behind him at the party convention on Tuesday evening. He was first elected to the National Council in 2011.
It can be assumed that Vermuth will cross the two-thirds barrier given his prominence and his weight in the party. But that may be different for many: According to this editorial team’s assessment, 64 of the 200 members of the National Council have held office for Wermuth or longer. In the Council of States, it is almost half, that is, 20 out of 46. The Central Parliamentary Group is particularly old in terms of tenure: 21 of its 45 members have served for at least three legislatures.
Some long-serving employees have already announced that they will leave by the end of 2023. But many have not made up their mind yet. And some, like Vermuth, are facing statutory limitations.
Parties like to deviate from the limits
For example, this applies to Jacqueline Badran. Zurich SP National Councilor has been in office since 2011. According to the rules of your cantonal party, this will basically be the end of it – unless the delegates approve the extension with a two-thirds majority. A decision on this is not on the agenda till April 2023.
High-profile security politician Ida Glanzmann (Mitte, Lucerne) could only be re-nominated with an extraordinary permit from her cantonal section. In the SVP, Andreas Abbey, Erich von Siebenthal and Andrea Geisbühler (Bern) are in the same position. On the other hand, Glarner FDP member of the Council of States Thomas Hefty faces an entirely different kind of upper bound: as “Blick” recently reported, Hefty will probably have to resign because he is too soon. will reach retirement age. – And the canton of Glarus does not tolerate pensioners in the Council of State.
However, the parties are happy to go beyond their limits, at least for their hefty weight. In Vad, the leader of the SP faction, Roger Nordmann, recently The second extraordinary extension of its mandate Get approved. In the Bernese SVP, the resignation of the popular Adrian Amstutz in 2019 gave an opportunity to create an exception clause for candidates renewed after 16 years.
Who are the limits for?
Overall, though, the word limit is much more common today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. This is also reflected in the lower average term of office of MPs. Where no official ban exists, “armchair glue” is often urged to resign informally. Argou Central National Counselor Ruth Humbel is experiencing it wonderfully these days, whose party colleagues publicly announce his departure, Although he himself has not commented on this yet.
The question remains: are there limits to the common interest, or do they serve primarily to the ambitions of ambitious young politicians? For Cedric Wermuth, “the basic idea makes sense”, as he explained in “Argauer Zeitung”: long-established, established lawmakers must persuade the base to a particular degree in order to be able to stand again. . You need both: a breath of fresh air and experience. In this context, Wermuth refers to the social democratic icon Helmut Hübacher, who sat in parliament for 34 years.
Of course, one thing is certain: today’s political establishment hardly seems to have been built for Hubbaker’s biographies. Hubakar was elected to the National Council nine times. With the rules now applying to Vermuth, he would need an exception clause six times.
An earlier version of this article stated that Alfred Heer (SVP, ZH) was also affected by a term limit. It is true that Heer may run normally again in 2023.
fabian renzo Tamedia is the head of the Bundeshaus team of editorial team, which has been in existence since 2018. The studied historian is working as a journalist since 1999. From 2006 he reported for “Südostschweiss” and “Argauer Zeitung” from the Federal Palace; In 2010, he moved to the federal production team of “Teges-Anziger” and “Bund”.more info@renzfabian01
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