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Greens elect new president

Geneva parliamentarian Ueli Leuenberger has been chosen to take over as head of the Swiss Green Party, replacing Ruth Genner at the helm.

This content was published on April 26, 2008 - 16:16

The new 56-year-old president has already stated that he wants to double the number of party members and garner more votes from rural areas at election time.

Two women - fellow parliamentarian Franziska Teuscher and Aline Trede, a 25-year-old student representing the party's youth movement - will second Leuenberger, who was the only candidate to take over the Greens.

Genner said that her biggest concern after six years as president was that federal politicians were still ignoring major environmental topics such as climate and transport policy.

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