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Sweden Democrats lose Malmö seat

Published: 14 Nov 2011 08:30 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Nov 2011 08:30 GMT+01:00

The Sweden Democrats have lost a seat on Malmö municipal council following a decision by one of their councillors to sit as an independent, refusing to accede to the party's wishes for him to resign.

The party recently lost a Riksdag seat after a similar decision by William Petzäll, and Malmö councillor Cay Elané has now joined the growing list of party rebels.

According to Magnus Olsson of the Sweden Democrats, Elané has been guilty of a slew of "offences", and the party finally tired of their representative on Friday, the local Sydsvenskan daily reported.

"Among other things, he has neglected his duties as a lay assessor in the district court. It was serious stuff," Olsson told the paper.

But Elané told the paper that he was shocked at the party's decision to demand his resignation.

"I have not neglected my duties. The things he brought up with me concern my personal life. You could say that I went partying one Saturday and it was brought to his attention," he told Sydsvenskan.

"If one is 52 years-old, then you have the right to party on a Saturday."

Elané will now join his former Sweden Democrat colleague Christer Voigt as independents sitting on the Malmö council. Voigt left the party in the spring.

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

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09:07 November 14, 2011 by bolababu
Just keeps getting better and better....
11:11 November 14, 2011 by djmarko
And the cookie starts to crumble!!!
11:24 November 14, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
I do not get the, "Saturday partying" problem?? Is there some restriction on that?
11:25 November 14, 2011 by Rick Methven
Question:

What do you get when you add up the collective IQ of the Swedish Democrats?

Answer

An idiot
11:59 November 14, 2011 by StockholmSam
@Dr. Dillner

I was a bit confused on that point, too. I think the guy was just not doing his work for the party and they cut him loose. The only one to mention "Saturday partying" was Elané himself and I think he was trying to deflect criticism from himself and make it look like they were out to get him for being rowdy on a Saturday night instead of for the real reason, which was his own incompetence.
14:07 November 14, 2011 by muscle
@StockholmSam:

OR maybe it depends with WHOM he had been partying! I hope no one related to other members of the party :)
15:43 November 14, 2011 by truthworthy
Nothing surprising. Just as expected. SD will be history by 2014.
16:33 November 14, 2011 by flintis
Sounds like the SD members would be more at home with the SSU in and around Stureplan.
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