Transport Minister Moritz Leuenberger is to step down in October to allow parliament to elect two new cabinet ministers next month.This content was published on August 9, 2010 - 17:32
Leuenberger, who initially announced his resignation for the end of the year, has decided to bring forward the date for political reasons, according to a statement by his ministry on Monday.
The exact date will be announced after a cabinet meeting next week.
There have been calls by political parties and the media for Leuenberger to step down earlier than originally planned after Finance Minister Hans-Rudolf Merz announced his resignation on Friday. Merz will go in October.
Leuenberger’s decision paves the way for cabinet elections by parliament on September 22.
His centre-left Social Democratic Party has praised Leuenberger for showing a sense of responsibility.
The seven-member cabinet is made up of representatives of five parties. The Social Democrats and Merz’s party, the centre-right Radicals, have two seats each and are expected to hold on to them.
The rightwing Swiss People’s Party and the Greens say they will also mount a challenge.
Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch
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