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Fourth candidate enters race for cabinet seat

A member of the Vaud cantonal government has been nominated by the local centre-right Radical Party to compete for a seat in the Swiss government.

This content was published on August 6, 2009 - 15:07

Pascal Broulis is the fourth candidate to join the race to succeed the outgoing interior minister, Pascal Couchepin, in November.

So far three other politicians from the French-speaking part of the country have been named, but more candidates, including from other parties, could emerge ahead of the vote by both chambers of parliament on September 16.

"I believe it is possible to advance political issues by making small but steady steps," Broulis said on Thursday.

The 44-year-old finance director of canton Vaud is credited with restoring the financial balance and for forging alliances across party lines.

He has been in local politics for two decades but is not a member of parliament.

As a rule, most candidates are either parliamentarians or members of cantonal governments, according to political scientist Daniel Schwarz.

Switzerland's seven-strong government is made up of two members of the Radical Party and two from the centre-left Social Democrats, as well as one each from the rightwing Swiss People's Party, the centre-right Christian Democratic and the Conservative Democratic parties.

Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch with agencies

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