Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
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1946 – Born on the 18th of January.
1981 – He started his political career as a representative in the Cantonal Parliament of Fribourg, Switzerland.
1982 – He became Mayor of Barberêche, Switzerland.
1991 – He became the President of the cantonal parliament for one year.
– He was elected to the National Council.
1995 – He served as a Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council.
1996 – He became President of the Committee in charge of the total revision of the "Swiss Constitution"
1999 – On the 11th of March, he was elected to the Swiss Federal Council.
– He served as a Head of Federal Department of Foreign affair in Switzerland.
2003 – He became Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs in Switzerland.
2004 – He was elected as a President of the Confederation in Switzerland.