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Lööf 'raring to go' as Centre Party head

Lööf 'raring to go' as Centre Party head

Published: 23 Sep 2011 08:39 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Sep 2011 08:39 GMT+02:00

On Friday, Annie Lööf, 28, will be elected new party head for Swedens Centre party. This will make her the youngest leader the party has ever had, but she enjoys stronger party support than many of her predecessors, according to experts.

”Party members have considered three candidates and I have a widespread support. It feels fantastic. It is a clear mandate,” Lööf told news agency TT on Friday.

Not only will Lööf be the youngest ever Centre party leader but she will also pick up the reins as a minister later this autumn, with no previous experience of governmental responsibilities.

But according to Lööf she has spent the time since she was made the official candidate by the party election committee to prepare for the two difficult tasks.

”I have utilised these last three weeks to familiarize myself with what is happening in the government and what is happening within the party, so that I can hit the ground running,” she said.

Lööf has also been planning the inaugural speech she will be holding on Saturday.

”I will try to imbue courage in the Centre movement. I am going to talk a lot about the challenges and the opportunities ahead,” she said.

The focus of Lööf's speech will be the importance of sticking by party values. New and concrete policy proposals will have to wait.

According to Lööf, the party needs to develop a brand new party programme, from which new and clear proposals can be chiselled.

Johan Hammarqvist, political editor at Norra Skåne newspaper and an expert on the Centre party told TT that no previous Centre party leader has had as broad support as Lööf has, when the party goes to vote.

”She has an enormously strong mandate and she has every opportunity to take the party whereever she wants to,” he said.

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

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09:13 September 23, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
I think Alööf is way too young and way too inexperienced. And all at a time when this party is in desperate need of strong and experienced leadership for its own survival.
09:31 September 23, 2011 by notpresto
3 weeks to get up to scratch must be a shallow pool of knowledge
09:58 September 23, 2011 by Tysknaden
Way too young to lead a political party.
10:35 September 23, 2011 by Dom har glömt
As young as Lööf is, I think it is a good choice. Just think when she is older. She will have plenty of experience on the board as starting from a young age.
11:11 September 23, 2011 by jinxy
Trusted by Maud , then she is right for the tough jobs... I wish her the best.
18:11 September 23, 2011 by jostein
Cs main problem is that they have abandoned their core voters and the backbone of the activists. While its slow going making headway into the new voters they are courting.

That the majority of these "stureplanscentern" seem at best merely teniously attached to reality does not help of course. Like their goal of increasing swedens population to 40 miljon people by ways of immigration from the third world. Just listen carefully to what people like Federley or Lööf say and you realise they have lost it. Totally. Floating around aimlessly in lala-land.
03:50 September 24, 2011 by Marc the Texan
Way out of her depth. Her feet won't touch bottom and it will show.
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