The Swiss government – the executive – is made up of the seven members of the Federal Council, each of whom has the same status, rights and obligation, who are elected by the United Federal Assembly for a four-year term of office. Each member of the Federal Council heads one of the seven departments of the Federal Administration.
The President of the Swiss Confederation is elected for one year only as the ‘Primus inter pares’, the first among equals. He or she chairs Federal Council meetings and assumes special representational duties. The Federal Chancellor acts as chief of staff to the Federal Council.