2006 Swiss Federal Council election

On 14 June 2006, a by-election was held for the vacant seat of Joseph Deiss on the Federal Council, the government of Switzerland.

2006 Swiss Federal Council election

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  Doris Leuthard, 2010.jpg Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi, NRP, cropped.jpg
Nominee Doris Leuthard Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi
Party Christian Democrats Christian Democrats
Electoral vote 133 29

Federal Councillor before election

Joseph Deiss
Christian Democrats

Elected Federal Councillor

Doris Leuthard
Christian Democrats

The joint chambers of the Federal Assembly elected Doris Leuthard of the Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland in the first round of voting with 133 votes out of 234.


Doris Leuthard, at that time president of her party and member of the National Council representing the canton of Aargau, was the only official candidate for the seat of Joseph Deiss. Several other members of her party also received votes.


Round 1
Doris Leuthard 133
Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi 29
Lucrezia Meier-Schatz 28
Carlo Schmid 11
Votes received by other persons 33
Votes cast 242
Invalid votes 3
Blank votes 5
Valid votes 234
Absolute majority 118

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