• Sweden edition
 
Arkelsten replaced as Moderate Party secretary

Arkelsten replaced as Moderate Party secretary

Published: 20 Apr 2012 11:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Apr 2012 16:11 GMT+02:00

Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt announced at a Friday morning press conference that Kent Persson, who previously served on the local council in Örebro, would replace Arkelsten as the Moderates' party secretary.

"I'm happy and honoured by this assignment," Persson said.

"We're going to start our election campaign straight away."

According to Reinfeldt, Persson will be tasked with increasing the pace of the party's work in a new political atmosphere created in part by the new leadership of the Social Democrats, the Moderate Party's primary opponent.

"It's about working faster and smarter," the prime minister said.

Reinfeldt believes the Social Democrats have begun using the Moderates' rhetoric to describe what Sweden needs.

"That has also resulted in them achieving short-term gains in voter support. That's something I take seriously," he said.

Persson added that the Moderates need to be in a constant state of renewal in order to hold remain attractive to voters.

"It's basically about recognizing society's problems and dealing with them. That's something we do in spades by going out and listening to people," Persson told reporters.

"The most important question ahead of the 2014 election is jobs. The Moderates and the Alliance have won two election on the issue of jobs."

According to Reinfeldt, Arkelsten wanted "another direction" in her life, saying "we'll get back to that" when asked about what her new role in the party might be.

While Reinfeldt refused to speculate on a future role for Arkelsten, who wasn't present at the press conference, political analysts are bubbling with theories as to what may have brought about her hasty and unexpected departure.

"Arkelsten hasn't lived up to expectations," political scientist Jenny Madestam wrote in an analysis for Sveriges Television (SVT).

"[She] hasn't been deemed to have the capacity to charge up the Moderates to win an election."

Not soon after taking over as party secretary from political wunderkind Per Schlingmann following the Moderates' 2010 electoral success, Arkelsten, had to fend off allegations of corruption for accepting an all-expenses paid trip to the south of France from Dutch oil company Shell.

She has also been criticized for her misrepresenting the Moderates' role implementing the right to vote in Sweden.

In a message sent to friends and associates, Arkelsten said she was leaving her post because it was "time for change and renewal" in her life.

"It's been a really fun job; I'm proud of what we've done so far in terms or renewal and political development," she said.

"But I have my reasons and I'll get back to you later about the political stuff."

Persson, 41, is married and has two children and serves on the local council in Örebro municipality as well as on the Örebro County Council.

He has previously championed cooperation between the centre-right governing Alliance and the Green Party, something which he claims has worked well on a local level in Örebro, where the Moderates and Greens are both in opposition.

TT/The Local/dl

twitter.com/thelocalsweden

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

13:00 April 20, 2012 by OUIJA
It took too long. She should have been dismissed the very next day she accepted her new well paid job. She is worse than the Roberta Alenius who holds the position as "press secretary" from King Kong Reinfeldt. My question: Why has she been not sacked? Answer: She knows too much about Reinfeldt's personal secrets and wheelings and dealings.

There are some more to fall flat on the floor, thanks to the good judgement shown by Reinfeldt throughout the years. We shall see what we shall see.
07:53 April 21, 2012 by Frobobbles
Too bad. I always liked her because she looks funny.
11:57 April 21, 2012 by Puffin
She seemed to be Moderaternas version of Juholt! and once the real Juholt had gone and was no longer the focus of media attention the changed political environment could not afford such a liability

Obviously it didn't help that she seemed to know nothing about the history of the party she was in charge of. Like the fact that she wrote a paper claiming that the party had been at the forefront of the fight for general voting rights when in fact they had opposed universal suffrage!! This caused dersion within the party

I would say that it also calls Reinfeldt's judgement into question as he seems to have a knack of choosing dubious people for key posts such as Borelius and Littorin
Today's headlines
Late summer sun set to hit Sweden

Late summer sun set to hit Sweden

Forecasters have predicted sunshine across Sweden this week, with a warm front moving in from Russia and temperatures of up to 25C. READ  

International police hunt
Swedish killer arrested after European hunt
Photo: Police

Swedish killer arrested after European hunt

UPDATED: Police arrested a man on Tuesday afternoon after he went missing from a psychiatric ward in western Sweden at the weekend. The man had been convicted of murdering a five-year-old schoolgirl in 2003. READ  

Music
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Swedish singer Tove Lo. Photot: TT

The five best Swedish songs of the month

The summer may be (almost) over but the music will keep on playing here at The Local. Our resident music guru Paul Connolly will be selecting his top new Swedish tracks for us in a new monthly feature. READ  

Hedgehog pet craze sweeps Sweden

Hedgehog pet craze sweeps Sweden

African pygmy hedgehogs are being bought by growing numbers of Swedes, as a trend for keeping exotic pets sweeps the country, the Department for Animal Welfare and Health tells The Local. READ  

Poisonous mushrooms cause stir in Sweden
The mushroom in this picture is not the same as the one from the story. Photo: Shutterstock

Poisonous mushrooms cause stir in Sweden

A person selling freshly-picked mushrooms in Gothenburg has come under fire after it turned out the delicacies were not only poisonous but also hallucinogenic. READ  

Pirate Bay founder case starts in confusion

Pirate Bay founder case starts in confusion

The largest hacking case in Danish history began in confusion on Tuesday, after lawyers representing Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg accused the prosecution of "unreasonable" tactics. READ  

Swedfund joins H&M in Ethiopia expansion

Swedfund joins H&M in Ethiopia expansion

As H&M expands into Ethiopia, Sweden's state venture capital unit Swedfund has announced that it will back the clothing giant, in a move hoped to create more jobs for local women. READ  

Elections 2014
Social Democrats reveal election manifesto
Photo: TT

Social Democrats reveal election manifesto

UPDATED: Sweden's main opposition party the Social Democrats has revealed its election manifesto at a press conference at a high school in Stockholm, with a key focus on education and welfare benefits. READ  

Teen run over by train after 'shoplifting' chase

Teen run over by train after 'shoplifting' chase

A teenage boy is in a critical condition after he was hit by a passing metro train in Stockholm. The accident ground rail traffic to a halt, and has police suspecting attempted murder. READ  

Swimrun
Record win at Sweden's tough island race
Photo: Jakob Edholm/ÖTILLÖ14

Record win at Sweden's tough island race

Two Swedes crushed last year's course record at the Swimrun world championship in Stockholm's archipelago on Monday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
National
Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods
Politics
Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto
Tech
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
Blog updates

02 September

America night (Blogweiser) »

" There was an event this weekend for the ‘Americans in Sweden’ Facebook group. I’m a member, and I brought my girls to the evening. The gathering was at a Boston-themed sportsbar in a mall. There were loads of screens, a bowling alley, a game room and a jumbotron. It was as good a place as any to..." READ »

 

25 August

Hit och dit, här och där (The Swedish Teacher) »

" Hej igen! A common challenge for Swedish language students are the location adverbs hit/här, dit/där, hem/hemma etc. Some of the location adverbs come in two versions. We should use one type of location adverb when we use a verb describes where we are, and we should use the other type of location adverb when we the verb..." READ »

 
 
 
Politics
How immigration became a key election issue
Society
Brit's life in Sweden becomes BBC radio show
Gallery
People-watching August 27
Gallery
Top ten false friends in Swedish
National
Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
Society
Meet the man who made a Swedish store recall its high heels for kids
Business & Money
'How I came to run my own business in Sweden'
Politics
Expert explains why Sweden's election oozes uncertainty
National
City plays Schindler's List theme at Nazi rally
Society
For Stockholm Fashion Week, here's the A-Z of Swedish fashion
National
'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Gallery
People-watching August 22-24
National
Armed royal guards caught (very) drunk on the job
National
Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination
Gallery
Violent anti-Nazi demonstrations in Malmö
Society
A closer look at Sweden's five official minority languages
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
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

757
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