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12 candidates want the 7 government seats in Uri

Twelve candidates will enter the race for the seven government seats in the canton of Uri in the general elections on March 3. After a four-year absence, women could once again make the leap into the cantonal government of Uri.

Only two of the seven seats on the cantonal government will be vacant this year. The five current councillors Daniel Furrer (center), Urban Camenzind (center), Christian Arnold (SVP), Urs Janett (FDP) and Dimitri Moretti (SP) are standing for re-election. Roger Nager (FDP) and Beat Jörg (center) will not be standing for re-election.

As Heidi Z'graggen (center) and Barbara Bär (FDP) did not run again in 2020 and the parties did not nominate any women, the Uri government became an all-male body. This year, women could once again make the leap into the executive. The center nominated Céline Huber, the FDP Petra Muheim and the GLP Luzia Gisler.

Also running for the center are Herman Epp, for the FDP district councillor Georg Simmen and for the SVP district councillor Hansueli Gisler. Sämi Gisler from Bürglen is entering the race as a non-party candidate.

In the 2020 elections, the SVP took one seat from the FDP. Four years previously, the FDP had contested the seat from the SVP. The interplay between the two parties is likely to be exciting again in the upcoming elections.

The 64 district councillors will also be newly elected on March 3. The largest parliamentary group is currently the Center Party with 25 seats (two of which are non-partisan). The FDP holds 16 seats, the SVP 14 seats, the SP 5 seats and the Greens 2 seats (one of which is non-party).

©Keystone/SDA

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