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Olofsson to resign as Centre Party head

Olofsson to resign as Centre Party head

Published: 17 Jun 2011 11:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Jun 2011 15:55 GMT+02:00

Enterprise minister Maud Olofsson plans to resign from her position as leader of the Centre Party, Sveriges Television (SVT) reports.

Olofsson stated at a press conference today that she will make her position available at the party's upcoming congress in September.

"I'm satisfied, after ten and a half years as Centre Party leader. Now I'm looking forward to spending some time with my husband and children," said Olofsson at the press conference.

It is as of yet unclear if Olofsson will stay on as enterprise minister following the announcement of her resignation.

"I'd like to stay on as enterprise minister, but that's for the new party leader to decide," she said.

Olofsson has been the Centre Party's leader since 2001, when she took over from predecessor Lennart Daléus.

During her years as party leader, the Centre Party has moved further towards the right-wing of the political scale, and now has a more liberal profile.

Since Olofsson took over the reins, the party has re-evaluated views on tax politics and EU politics, as well as toning down previous profile questions such as the firm resistance to nuclear power.

The Centre Party has formed part of the centre-right Alliance, which has governed Sweden since 2006.

In the latest election the Centre Party received 5.65 percent of the vote.

Voices demanding Olofsson's resignation have previously been heard from prominent Centre Party members such as MP Fredrik Federley.

Olofsson herself comments that election campaigns are tough work, and that an important part of being a leader is knowing when to quit.

"There's a new generation that can take over," she said.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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17:22 June 17, 2011 by spy
"Now I'm looking forward to spending some time with my husband"

- I bet the poor chap is nearly suicidal!

But in all seriousness the pigmy will not be missed - she has been about as effective as a chocolate fireguard.
17:52 June 17, 2011 by jostein
One down, six to go.
17:53 June 17, 2011 by Great Scott
She has never come up with a plan in her life, so I will believe it when I see it. Fingers crossed.

"I'm satisfied, after ten and a half years as Centre Party leader", she is the only one who is, the rest can't stand her. What has she done for Sweden nothing, only stolen bucket loads of tax payer's money every month?
19:09 June 17, 2011 by spy
Perhaps all her (imaginary) wind turbine manufacturers will come and cheer her off.
22:52 June 17, 2011 by Amara Kamara
Freedom of speech does not give anyone the right to say funny things about people you cannot prove. Facts are sacred. For ten years she was voted into power by her party and now she bows out at her free will without been voted out. Congrats madam! Think about resigning from being a minister too, then your story will be complete.
23:44 June 17, 2011 by Rick Methven
@Amara Kamara

I know that it is tough to accept but at the ned of the day:

trolls will be trolls and spies will be spy's
11:51 June 18, 2011 by spy
@Amara Kamara

To suppress free speech violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.

So if you don't like to read people's opinions then I suggest go somewhere else.
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