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Sweden Democrats call for Petzäll to vacate seat

Published: 26 Sep 2011 10:49 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Sep 2011 13:37 GMT+02:00

The Sweden Democrats on Monday called on rogue MP William Petzäll to surrender his seat in Sweden's Riksdag and "instead focus his energies on a long term solution to his problems".

The party issued a statement in response to reports in the media on Monday that Petzäll had decided to leave the party but remain in the Riksdag.

"The Sweden Democrats regret that William Petzäll is now choosing to remain in the Riksdag without party affiliation. We continue to hope that he will take his responsibility to himself and the party's voters," the statement read.

The party explained that it has offered and paid for Petzäll to undergo treatment for alcohol and prescription drug abuse but that he neglected to continue his follow-up treatment.

"At some point in the summer, Petzäll suffered a relapse. The party came to the conclusion that a line had been crossed and told him to leave his Riksdag seat."

According to Sweden Democrat colleague Erik Almqvist the party has not been able to make contact with William Petzäll since July and that the 23-year-old has demanded a sum of cash to surrender his seat.

"He has wanted to leave the Riksdag in return for us giving him a large sum of money, but we have not gone along with it and offered him treatment instead," Almqvist told the E24 news website.

According to Almqvist, Petzäll has been seen in Facebook pictures holding a beer at a party in Gothenburg, the first indication that the party received that the young MP had not kept his promise of abstinence to the voters.

William Petzäll is 23-years-old and prior to Monday's decision represented the party in Dalarna. His decision to leave the party and remain as an independent means that the Sweden Democrats' Riksdag group declines from 20 to 19 members.

"It is going to be difficult for him. He is a newcomer, very young and he has not distanced himself from the ideas of the party - no one is going to want to be associated with him," Johansson Heinö said.

The Local's calls to William Petzäll for comment have not been returned.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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11:32 September 26, 2011 by jacquelinee
Extortion is totally wrong. Getting paid to vacate his seat. Really how totally crooked.

WAIT A MINUTE! Isn't that what is going on in the government right now??? Those government officers who have left their positions for whatever reasons and are getting paid for not being in their job-literally being paid NOT to work.

Hmmmm. I thought this had a bit of a ring of Deja Vu.

Maybe the Sweden Demorats (oops guess that was a type O) are just sore losers because they lost their seat in Sweden's Riksdag.

I am pretty sure if you snapped a picture of most of them on a Friday or Saturday night in Gothenberg, they would have a beer in their hands too.
12:25 September 26, 2011 by nyh2o
what idiots. good though. should make people realize the quality of people who are racists and SDs....to the people who voted for these 'agents of change' in 2012 - thanks for nothing idiots.
12:39 September 26, 2011 by Tysknaden
If all the people who do have problems leave the Riksdag, three quarters of the seats would be empty. I remember on member of the German parliament: Pedophilic. Socialdemocrat. European Parliament: German member: Pädophile. Green party.
17:13 September 26, 2011 by esvahnt
we most prepare to listen immigrationist scream as loud as they can


isnt it what they do from they weake up till they go to sleep at night?
17:55 September 26, 2011 by Tysknaden
@esvahnt: You people are really unable to see a difference in between the different groups of immigrants. This is a very bad sign, you know. A bad sign for Swedens future.

I am, for my part, as a migrant... - I am little tired of becoming attacked and insulted by Muslim immigrants AND Swedish people in this forums. I do not want to be part of this, anymore.
23:54 September 26, 2011 by jostein

Nope, thats different. Since there is a political price to be payed for getting a really high salary the politicians sortof postponed the high salary by horrendously generous pension-agreements for politicians. Just the way the world works. You have to pay such enormous attention to discern the crooks from the useless from the corrupt so only a statistically insignificant portion of the electorate will bother. A flaw in the system as it were.

Or wait, wasnt that the journalists job? Problem is, the swedish journalists joined the politicians. Guess they get higher salaries like that as well.
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