The economics minister, Joseph Deiss, has been appointed to the largely ceremonial post of president for 2004. The defence minister, Samuel Schmid, will be next year's vice-president.
Deiss received 174 votes in the election for the rotating post of president, while Schmid won 143 votes in his ballot.
The justice minister, Ruth Metzler, was due to become president, but she was not re-elected by parliament.
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