• Sweden edition
 
Sweden Democrats lose Riksdag seat

Sweden Democrats lose Riksdag seat

Published: 26 Sep 2011 08:10 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Sep 2011 08:10 GMT+02:00

The party has not yet been informed of his decision, according to the Expressen daily, and Petzäll remains listed on the Sweden Democrats' homepage.

There has been speculation in the media in the past week that Petzäll had fallen out of favour with the party leadership who harboured concerns over his parliamentary performance.

Petzäll was absent from a number of votes in the Riksdag last week without having submitted a request for sick leave.

According to Expressen, the 23-year-old plans to use his seat in the Riksdag to "push my pet issue and increase awareness. To develop more concrete measures to help young alcoholics and drug addicts."

"I am prepared to talk to all parties in the Riksdag where there is common ground for my pet issue," he said.

Petzäll was forced to take time out from politics in February after he turned up at a party in Trelleborg drunk, later spending the night in a police jail cell to sober up.

The party was being hosted by his ex-girlfriend and according to a police report Petzäll caused damage in his drunken state.

"What happened is obviously unacceptable. As one of the party's Riksdag representatives, one must always exercise good judgement," the Sweden Democrats' deputy Riksdag group leader Sven-Olof Sällström said in a statement at the time.

After a month out of the Riksdag to deal with his abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs, Petzäll returned pledging to leave politics if he erred again.

Attempts by The Local to reach William Petzäll for a comment have proved unsuccessful.

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

Your comments about this article

08:46 September 26, 2011 by prince T
I pity Williams. I was actually in the same classl with him and I am amazed at what has become of him. Human being dont just change like dat. He is trying to be what he is not. I think that is plaguing him. It is a shame this is a person we voted for.

I HOPE HE CAN REDISCOVER HIMSELF BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE
09:30 September 26, 2011 by DAVID T
He'll get my vote !!!
09:57 September 26, 2011 by hatim
I am my self in my late 20s and am not Swedish.

What baffles me is that this guy is 22 year old, so essentially just a kid. He cannot control his own life, how would you expect him to lead as a politician.

Swedish politics baffles me. Why can't you put people who have some real life experience as your leaders (you know, raised children, paid for a house, worked in a steady job for many years, can balance their cheque book, been a exemplary citizen, actually contributed back to Swedish welfare system for one).

Sweden does not need outsiders to destroy it's self. It can do so by electing more "kids" into power. Where are the union workers, where are community leaders? I think there is a very big vacuum here.
10:41 September 26, 2011 by truthworthy
Just as expected. They will vanish slowly and by 2014 they will be history.

These are kids who have no agenda but trying to ride the anti-immigrant train.
10:43 September 26, 2011 by charubun pananon
Politician in every country must be the good idol for the young generation.
10:51 September 26, 2011 by Indignerad
@hatim: Politics has become a career in every democratic, and undemocratic, country in the world. This is hardly a Swedish problem.
10:51 September 26, 2011 by Tysknaden
It is always wrong to bring persons of very low age into important positions. This boy is an example. He is misusing the voters trust. For his ongoing struggle with adolescence.
15:27 September 26, 2011 by iammucow
@hatim, it's a consequence of SD being a young party. They haven't had time to build up a roster of experienced politicians, so they take who they can get. It's one of the reasons SD members seem to be getting themselves into trouble so often. They're not used to be being public figures.
15:30 September 26, 2011 by Svensksmith
I hardly think of someone at 22 years old as being a boy. At 22 I was working and making a house payment.

That being said, this guy clearly has some problems.
16:53 September 26, 2011 by esvahnt
this is a free gift for integrationist

now they will say we most bring even more immigrants to sweden and get them mixed to the originaries
18:03 September 26, 2011 by Tysknaden
@esvahnt: All immigrants are the same. I am an immigrant, too. I guess, this means, I do not have to involve myself into threads like this one. Spares me a lot of stress.
18:30 September 26, 2011 by jostein
It is one thing to stumble. We all do, one time or another. It is another thing entirely to let down former collegues, voters and party activists by not stepping aside. That is a CHOICE, not weakness, not fumbling with life, not addiction. Just purely what we do not want in elected representatives.

@truthworthy

I truly wish we knew one another RL. Then you could put your money where your mouth is and i could earn some free cash :)
18:55 September 26, 2011 by gh2008
@ jostein,

"I truly wish we knew one another RL. Then you could put your money where your mouth is and i could earn some free cash :)"

i wouldn't recommend that for you!

by 2014, Sweden and the rest of the world will be seriously busy with other things then 'how many seats will SD get" ;)
20:53 September 26, 2011 by djmarko
And the cookie crumbles, the young politician probably found out his best friend was the son of immigrants and he felt guilty and decided to resign!!!
21:18 September 26, 2011 by philster61
If I was him I'd form the Gay party. He looks sooooo gay....
23:01 September 26, 2011 by jostein
@gh2008

Why not? You think it is a bad bet? Or you think @truthworthy is a boring aquaintence?
20:52 September 28, 2011 by JakeJensen
@philster61

Just in case you think it's funny or disparaging to "look gay" ... I'm glad to report that the reason he took a break from politics was one of his drunken acts of destruction in his girlfriend's apartment.

Officially, he's straight. I for one hope he keeps it that way.
18:52 October 3, 2011 by muscle
I think sweden democrats, this time were taken by a surprise when they got so many votes. The problems we have seen this year coming from sweden democrats is perhaps because of them being unprepared (don't know if its un or im prepared whatever) . Perhaps their policies, members and politics will improve by next elections.

lol reminds of a political party in my country. They won the elections with unexpected high number of votes and clean sweep-ed few areas. They were taken by shock. So unprepared were they, that their politicians, who were in govt at that moment, were complaining about the policies of their own govt. :) Well I guess that was the last time we saw them in power
09:29 October 4, 2011 by philster61
Doesn't matter Jake. They all come out sooner or later. History is filled with closeted politicians and pastors and ministers.....Got nothing against gays.... especially this one...
00:07 October 5, 2011 by esvahnt
i said this was going to be a wonderfull opportunity for anty whites
10:41 October 7, 2011 by ericrufinosiah
It's good that William Petzall withdrew from The Sweden Democrat and sits as an

Independent in the Ridsdag or else he would have been asked to leave as I am

sure the Party concern is firm in their Party's code of ethics.A party that is weak in

their Code of Ethics and Rules wouldn't last long and The Sweden Democrat is

proving to the Swedish Public that the votes given to Sweden Democrat is not in

vain and I believe that more support would pour in for the Sweden Democrat in

the next Election due to the Party's understanding of what the Swedish Public want.
Today's headlines
Sport
Sweden's star striker Zlatan 'recovering well'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is Sweden's top scorer in history. PHOTO: TT/Maja Suslin

Sweden's star striker Zlatan 'recovering well'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is recovering well from the nagging heel problem that has stopped him playing for Sweden during its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. READ  

International
Swedish sisters create viral Syria stir
A shot from the video on YouTube.

Swedish sisters create viral Syria stir

Two sisters from Södertälje near Stockholm are celebrating getting more than 1.3 million hits on YouTube, with a video calling for peace in war-torn Syria. READ  

Pirate Bay
Pirate Bay founder gets three years in prison
A 2013 image of Svartholm Warg. Photo: TT

Pirate Bay founder gets three years in prison

Swedish "hactivist" Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for hacking crimes. READ  

Royal family
Princess Madeleine to make Nobel comeback
Princess Madeleine at a previous Nobel banquet. Photo: TT

Princess Madeleine to make Nobel comeback

Sweden's Princess Madeleine is scheduled to appear at the Nobel Festival in Stockholm in December, after taking time out from her royal duties to focus on looking after her daughter. READ  

Politics
'We knew that Israel would be critical'
Foreign Minister Margot Wallström (left), with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

'We knew that Israel would be critical'

Sweden's Foreign Minister has told The Local she respects Israel's decision to recall its ambassador after Sweden officially recognized the State of Palestine, and laughed off comments about IKEA furniture made by her Israeli counterpart. READ  

Analysis
'Store up your sunlight hours before winter'
Doctors say we should make the most of the autumn sunshine. Photo: Shutterstock

'Store up your sunlight hours before winter'

Spending time outdoors this autumn will help you survive a cold, dark Swedish winter. Baba Pendse, Head of Psychiatry at Lund University shares his top tips for battling the seasonal blues with The Local. READ  

Sports
Plot for shared Scandi Winter Olympic bid
Skiers hit the slopes in Åre, western Sweden. Photo: TT

Plot for shared Scandi Winter Olympic bid

Norwegian sports officials have said they want to co-host the winter Olympics with Sweden in 2026. But there has so far been no official response from Sweden. READ  

National
Anti-Israel graffiti 'not a race crime': Court
Photo: TT

Anti-Israel graffiti 'not a race crime': Court

A teenage boy who painted anti-Israel slogans and symbols on the Concert Hall in Gothenburg has been convicted for the damages he caused, but he walked free from racial agitation charges. READ  

Entertainment
A closer look at Sweden's rising stars
Swedish actresses Sandra Huldt and Julia Ragnarsson. Julia (right) has been nominated for a Rising Star award. Photo: TT

A closer look at Sweden's rising stars

Like to be ahead of the game when it comes to the next big thing on the silver screen? We find out more about the Swedish nominees for the Rising Star award to be presented at Stockholm's International Film Festival next week. READ  

Science
Swedish women in two-year sex pill study
Contraceptive pills have been linked to mood swings. Photo: Shutterstock

Swedish women in two-year sex pill study

Three hundred women from across Sweden are taking part in a study designed to demonstrate that modern contraceptive pills don't lead to decreased libido or mood swings. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween
Sport
Top ten quotes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
People-watching: October 30th
National
Sweden remains fourth best for gender equality
Blog updates

31 October

Editor’s Blog, October 31st (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, Welcome to our latest 60-second round-up of the week’s news. First, Sweden made headlines around the..." READ »

 

29 October

Scariest day (Blogweiser) »

"This is what’s frightening me on Halloween. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OFZVCu8J0&list=UUJu5J7jG4uoYSjWbpFsJBuQ Follow my posts on FB. ..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Timeline: Julian Assange sex allegations
Sport
World Cup ski race on 'fake' Stockholm slope
Society
An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft
Society
Stockholm taxis offer free therapy sessions
National
The Local meets Health Minister Gabriel Wikström
Gallery
Property of the week: Österåker
Society
Homeless turtles get Stockholm police ride
National
Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
National
Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland
Gallery
Zlatan's career in pictures
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching: October 25th and 26th
Lifestyle
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
National
Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

970
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN