- The Zug SVP National Councilor Thomas Aeschi does not want to succeed Ueli Maurer in the Federal Council.
- The 43-year-old prefers to remain the leader of the SVP faction, as he announced to various media.
Aeschi, who was already an official Federal Council candidate to succeed Federal Councilor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf in 2015, but was defeated by his party colleague Guy Parmelin at the time, has been the SVP parliamentary group leader since 2017. He really enjoys this work and would like to continue it in the years to come. Therefore, he will not stand in the upcoming Federal Council elections, Aeschi told the central Swiss radio stations Central and Sunshine and the “Blick”.
Finance director Heinz Tännler from the canton of Zug has already thrown his hat into the ring for the Maurer successor. Aeschi praised the 62-year-old government councilor to the radio stations as a “doer” and called Tännler “incredibly competent” in financial policy. The decision not to apply for the Federal Council office was made for himself, said Aeschi.
He bears a great deal of responsibility for the SVP parliamentary group and, as a captain, cannot suddenly leave the ship. Aeschi has been a member of the National Council and a management consultant since 2011.
Two from Central Switzerland
After Aeschi’s rejection, there are initially five applications for the vacant SVP Federal Council seat. In addition to Tännler, the Bernese National Councilor Albert Rösti, the Bernese Councilor of States Werner Salzmann, the Nidwalden government councilor Michèle Blöchliger and Zurich’s Hans-Ueli Vogt have announced their candidacy so far.
Blöchliger has already made headlines because she denied her British citizenship on Monday and still had to admit it on Tuesday due to media reports. The SVP had been critical of dual citizens in the past. On December 7, the Federal Assembly will elect the successor to Finance Minister Ueli Maurer.
These politicians want to succeed Maurer