5 December 2012, 14:45

Ueli Maurer elected new Swiss president

Ueli Maurer elected new Swiss president

The bicameral Swiss parliament has elected Conservatives’ Ueli Maurer as Switzerland’s new president.

The decision was taken Wednesday by both Parliamentary chambers – the National Council and the Council of States.

Ueli Maurer, 62, a member of the rightwing Swiss People’s Party, won 202-40, with 35 MPs abstaining.

Mr. Maurer will keep his position of the country’s defense, civil defense and sports minister.

Foreirn Minister Didier Burkhalter will be appointed vice president.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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