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The Swiss Government (Executive) consists of the seven members of the Federal Council. The President of the Swiss Confederation is elected for a one-year term, during which she or he is considered as being «primus inter pares», i.e., the first among equals.
The President chairs the meetings of the Federal Council and assumes special representational duties. In 2013, the office of President is being held by Mr. Ueli Maurer.
Ueli Maurer was born on 1 December 1950 as citizen of Adelboden (BE) and Hinwil (ZH). He is married and has six children born from 1978 to 1997.
After completing his primary and secondary school education in Hinwil and a commercial apprenticeship, Ueli Maurer continued his education by attending various courses.
From the very beginning, his vocational career was closely associated with agriculture and trade. From 1974 to 1994, he managed a farmers' cooperative. From 1994 to 2008, he was manager of the Zurich Farmers' Association. In 2008, he was elected president of the Swiss Vegetable Producers' Association. Apart from this, he was involved in the communications branch as self-employed manager of a small enterprise.
Ueli Maurer's political career began in 1978 with his election as member of the Communal Council of Hinwil. In 1983, he was elected member of the Cantonal Parliament of Zurich. In 1991, his election as national councillor followed. From 1995 to 1996, he was chairman of the Control Committee. From 1995 to 2003, he was member of the Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy Committee. After 2003, he was engaged as member of the Finance Committee and after 2007, as member of the Social Security and Health Committee. From 1996 to 2008, he was chairman of the Swiss People's Party.
On 10 December 2008, Ueli Maurer was elected member of the Federal Council. Since then, he has been in charge of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport.
Militarily, he was last commander of a cyclist battalion.
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