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Old 09.07.2010, 21:41
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Leuenberger to retire

By Martin Gelnar
Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
ZURICH -(Dow Jones)- Switzerland's transportation and energy minister, Moritz Leuenberger, will retire at the end of the year after 15 years in office, the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications said Friday.
Leuenberger, born in September 1946, was elected to the seven-person Swiss cabinet in September 1995. He is a member of the Swiss socialist party.
Under Switzerland's power-sharing system that unites parties from the political spectrum, the retirement of a minister is usually followed by the election of a new cabinet member from the same party.
However, Leuenberger's succession will likely be contested. The right-wing SVP party, which has lost clout in the cabinet after one of its elected ministers defected, has claimed the seat vacated by Leuenberger, according to Swiss news agency SDA.
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I thought this had been the case for some time now
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Old 09.07.2010, 22:01
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Re: Leuenberger to retire

Bugger. I like him.

I liked best what he said when the volcano erupted earlier this year, stopping a number of planes from flying - nature is stronger than economics/business.
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I thought this had been the case for some time now
only in so far as his stepping down was forecast by the media for quite a while, but he was a good transport minister, while the media was not really his thing.
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Right. He announces on exactly the day after my copy of the year's Bundesrat portrait arrived in the mail.

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Re: Leuenberger to retire

Six months time to get his autograph

Every day he gets on the same train to Bern. Conductor once told me that he offered his seat to an elderly lady and, since there were no more available seats, sat down on the stairs to the upper deck (for an hour-long ride).
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Six months time to get his autograph
Maybe I'll try that in August.

Edit: Actually, their "autographs" are already on the back of the photo.

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...Conductor once told me that he offered his seat to an elderly lady and, since there were no more available seats, sat down on the stairs to the upper deck (for an hour-long ride).
I find that fairly impressive. Most US officials would only do that if the media were there to turn it into a photo op.

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Jesse Ventura would do it
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Maybe I'll try that in August.

I find that fairly impressive. Most US officials would only do that if the media were there to turn it into a photo op.
To say it again, Mr Leuenberger was/is a good transport minister, and while he certainly did his mistakes, was one of the politicians into who I had full trust.
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Right. He announces on exactly the day after my copy of the year's Bundesrat portrait arrived in the mail.
Thanks for this. As usual, Doris looks very fetching.
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