Nello Celio

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Nello Celio

Nello Celio (born February 12, 1914 in Quinto ; † December 29, 1995 in Bern , resident in Quinto ) was a Swiss politician and State Councilor ( FDP ). As Federal Councilor he was Defense and Finance Minister and once held the office of Federal President .


Nello Celio was born to Romeo Celio and the primary school teacher Margherita Ciossi. He studied law at the University of Basel and the University of Bern , where he received his doctorate in 1937; then he opened a notary's office in Faido . In 1941 he was appointed Secretary of the Board of Directors in the Cantonal Department of the Interior, and in 1944 he was Public Prosecutor of the Sopraceneri . In 1946 he replaced Emilio Forni as a representative of the liberal-radical party in the State Council , where he took over the management of the building and military departments.

He was instrumental in founding the Maggia and Blenio power plants; however, with his connections to the electricity companies in German-speaking Switzerland, he was also criticized. In 1963 he was elected to the National Council; on December 15, 1966 he was elected to the Federal Council as the successor to Paul Chaudet , who was from Vaud . On December 31, 1973 he handed over his office. During his tenure, he headed the following departments:

He was Federal President in 1972 and Vice President in 1971. After his resignation, he held various board positions. He was a captain in the Swiss army . After all, he lived in Chiggiogna and is buried in the local cemetery.

Election results in the Federal Assembly

  • 1966: Election to the Federal Council with 136 votes (absolute majority: 117 votes)
  • 1967: Re-election as Federal Council with 180 votes (absolute majority: 100 votes)
  • 1970: Election for Vice President of the Federal Council with 193 votes (absolute majority: 103 votes)
  • 1971: Re-election as Federal Council with 194 votes (absolute majority: 103 votes)
  • 1971: Election to the Federal President with 179 votes (absolute majority: 103 votes)


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predecessor Office successor
Paul Chaudet Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Georges-André Chevallaz