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Swiss president records rap album

A rap album recorded by the Swiss president, Adolf Ogi, looks like becoming a collector's item. Almost all 3,000 copies were snapped up within two days of the album's release.

But the recording, which is English and entitled "Crucial to the Headquarters in Kandersteg", was not made for commercial reasons, and does not mark a new career move for Ogi, who is retiring from politics at the end of this year.

The CD is a tribute by him to Swiss troops engaged in the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.

Ogi, who comes from Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland, also heads the defence ministry, which came up with the idea for a rap album.

Copies can only be obtained through Yellowworld, the Internet site of the Swiss postal authority.

swissinfo with agencies

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