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Swiss Federal Council

The Swiss Federal Council (in German: Bundesrat, in French: Conseil fédéral, in Italian: Consiglio federale) is the seven-member executive council which collectively assumes the office of head of state equivalent to that of a president or of a monarch in the government of Switzerland.

The members of the Swiss Federal Council (as of January 2004)

Each of the seven Federal Councillors heads a department. Following the elections of 10 December 2003, they are:

One of the seven is elected to be president of the Federal Council (President of the Confederation) for a term of one year: he or she has no power above and beyond the other six, but assumes special representative functions.

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