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Olofsson faces new 'step down' calls

Olofsson faces new 'step down' calls

Published: 04 Jun 2011 10:45 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Jun 2011 10:45 GMT+02:00

Maud Olofsson has been leader of the Centre Party (Centerpartiet) for a decade. According to the Centre Party's local division in Kristianstad, in southern Sweden, it's high time to step down.

Kristianstad's Centre Party want Olofsson to resign, and a successor to be elected at the party's conference this coming fall, reports newspaper Norra Skåne.

The Centre Party needs a leader capable of rejuvenating the party, group leader Sven Nilsson told Norra Skåne.

"We need someone else who can take on this responsibility," he says.

Maud Olofsson took over after previous Centre Party leader Lennart Daléus just over ten years ago. Since her succession the party has enjoyed high results. In the 2006 election the Centre Party became the third largest in Sweden, and formed a government with the three other conservative parties.

Support has dwindled since then however, and following the latest election, the Centre Party is only the fifth largest party.

This isn't the first time voices are heard demanding Olofsson's resignation. MP Fredrik Federley and the Centre Party's youth organisation are among those who have suggested it earlier.

However, this is the first time such a demand is made from a united municipality department.

"We may be the first, but we know that many others are watching us, and agree with this," says Sven Nilsson.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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11:55 June 4, 2011 by zircon
Losing another charming face?
16:05 June 4, 2011 by conboy
She is a moron where would Swedish governance be without genuine homegrown morons?
16:16 June 4, 2011 by spy
She has been about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike when it comes to promoting Swedish enterprise (and she has a fixation with non-existent wind turbine companies). I say get rid of the pigmy and replace her with someone taller and more willing to take action.
01:14 June 5, 2011 by StuartM
Olofsson has led her party into an embracing of the failed politics of neoliberalism, letting down the rural communities she's supposed to represent and betraying many of the Centre Party's long held principles such as opposition to nuclear power. For the Centre Party to advance they need to ditch the alliance with Fredrik Reinfeldt and be a genuine party of the centre which can adopt an independent agenda and work with both sides for the good of Sweden. Why not follow the example of the Norwegian Centre Party and stand in opposition to privatisation, deregulation and neoliberalism while championing those regions which have long been forgotten and allowed to decay by the political elites in Stockholm?
08:45 June 5, 2011 by Great Scott

Some good and valid points, however these centre party people are weak and are open to some form of right wing corruption, either by position or financial gain just as the lib dems in the UK. These people such as olofsson, are parasites ridding on the backs of others at a country's expense.

You know olofsson, was heard saying on TV when she was given a place in government, "Now I can be RICH"!
11:04 June 5, 2011 by StuartM
@ Great Scott

Absolutely, the endless pursuit of power and money would drive anyone to corruption and to a total betrayal of their principles. When politics is no longer about ideology or a desire to build a better society (as is unfortunately the case for most politicians in Sweden today) the only thing that matters is ingratiating themselves with the rich and powerful at the expense of the interests of both their voters and of the country as a whole.

It wasn't always like that though. Back in the 70s the Centre Party actually had some principles with its leader Thorbjörn Fälldin pulling out of government over the nuclear power issue. There's a really good article (in Swedish) about how the party has changed in recent years, moving from a kind of rural and environmentally-conscious radicalism to a full embracing of neoliberal capitalism and the urban bourgeoisie. As the article points out they've got plenty of money now but have lost most of their supporters. There's clearly no point for them existing if they're just going to be an exact copy of Reinfeldt and his right-wing Moderate Party.

12:42 June 5, 2011 by Jasper2
Madame Maud Olofsson, the Swedish Prime Sinister of Enterprise, should consider requests for her departure quite seriously. More than any one person, she has been influential in nearly wrecking the Swedish automotive industry throuh her passive inaction and uber negativity. It took the Chinese and a brilliant businessman from NL to save the day.

Sayanara Maudie Baby!
13:46 June 5, 2011 by Syftfel
Step down Olofsson! You're no good! Your views on immigration are incompatible with Swedish values.
16:40 June 5, 2011 by zircon
Caught saying that one can now be rich is sad. Wealthy people are the most sick and melancholy.
23:41 June 5, 2011 by spy
Can't stand her press officer either, she is a bitter woman too.
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