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Widmer-Schlumpf inherits justice ministry

Newly elected cabinet member Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf will take over the justice ministry from her ousted colleague Christoph Blocher in January.

Widmer-Schlumpf, also from the rightwing Swiss People's Party, was widely tipped to take over the department after none of the other cabinet ministers expressed a desire to change portfolio.

Blocher failed in a bid to be re-elected by parliament last week for another four-year term.

Traditionally, when there is a vacancy incumbents can switch ministries based on seniority. New arrivals must take what is left.

Moritz Leuenberger from the centre-left Social Democratic Party remains at the transport, communication and energy ministry; his party colleague Micheline Calmy-Rey will continue as foreign minister; Pascal Couchepin and Hans-Rudolf Merz from the centre-right Radical Party will remain at the interior and finance ministries respectively.

Doris Leuthard from the centre-right Christian Democratic Party will stick with the economy and the other representative of the People's Party, Samuel Schmid, will pursue reforms at the defence ministry.


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