The Federal Authorities
of the Swiss Confederation

Title 5: Federal Authorities
Chapter 3: Federal Council and Federal Administration
Section 1: Organisation and Procedure
< Art. 174 Federal Council
> Art. 176 Presidency

Art. 175 Composition and election

1 The Federal Council has seven members.

2 The members of the Federal Council are elected by the Federal Assembly following each general election to the National Council.

3 They are elected for a term of office of four years. Any Swiss citizen eligible for election to the National Council may be elected to the Federal Council.1

4 In electing the Federal Council, care must be taken to ensure that the various geographical and language regions of the country are appropriately represented.2


1 Adopted by the popular vote on 7 Feb. 1999 (Federal Decree of 9 Oct. 1998, Federal Council Decree of 2 March 1999 – AS 1999 1239; BBl 1993 IV 554, 1994 III 1370, 1998 4800, 1999 2475 8768).
2 Adopted by the popular vote on 7 Feb. 1999 (Federal Decree of 9 Oct. 1998, Federal Council Decree of 2 March 1999 – AS 1999 1239; BBl 1993 IV 554, 1994 III 1370, 1998 4800, 1999 2475 8768).

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