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Defence minister accused of using female pilot to win campaign for new planes

National News // June 25, 2020

The defence minister, Viola Amherd, is being accused of a cheap PR trick as she invited Switzerland’s only female fighter pilot to join her in a campaign for a ‘yes’ vote in September’s referendum on buying new planes. 

vtg.admin.ch Defence minister accused of using female pilot to win campaign for new planes

29-year-old Fanny Chollet sat next to the minister at a press conference – she normally sits in an F/A 18. 

Socialist Party MP Priska Seiler Graf says using Chollet is a stunt and not representative, as all the other pilots are men. 

Voters will be asked if the government should spend CHF 6bn on new planes on September 27th. 

 

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