This seven-member collegial body is elected by the people for a period of four years. The cantonal constitution reserves one seat in the Executive Council for a French-speaking citizen from the Bernese Jura. The presidency, by convention, rotates annually and the position is largely that of a primus inter pares.
As of 2010, the Executive Council was composed as follows:
State Chancellor Kurt Nuspliger, SPS: State Chancellory (chief of staff with no vote in the Council)
2006 Executive Council elections
The 2006 Executive Council elections occurred on April 9. While Councillors Egger, Gasche and Luginbühl ran for re-election (which they achieved easily), Councillors Andres, Annoni, Bhend and Zölch resigned, leaving the field unusually wide open.
The SVP, long the dominant party in Bern, unexpectedly made an attempt to... Read More