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Erik Almqvist quits parliament

Erik Almqvist quits parliament

Published: 30 Dec 2012 16:02 GMT+01:00
Updated: 30 Dec 2012 16:02 GMT+01:00

Almqvist described his decision to leave the party as "incredibly difficult".

Anna Hagwall from Rättvik in central Sweden will take over Almqvist's seat in parliament.

She was ousted from her post as the party's second vice president in 2009. She has previously indicated that she would be interested in joining parliament and denied rumours that she is in conflict with the party leadership.

Last month, the Expressen newspaper published a series of video clips showing Almqvist and two other Sweden Democrats, Kent Ekeroth and Christian Westling, embroiled in a drunken fight in Stockholm in the summer of 2010.

The video, shot by Ekeroth on his mobile phone camera, shows the three men hurling racist abuse at comedian Soran Ismail and others.

The clips also show the three top politicians pushing a drunken man and a young woman, using words like "darkie" and "whore" and wielding iron bars.

The first clip was published on November 14th. The same day, the 30-year-old Almqvist announced his resignation as the Sweden Democrats' economic policy spokesman.

He and Kent Ekeroth also lost their party committee posts.

Westling resigned as Stockholm city councillor and Ekeroth took a "timeout" as justice policy spokesman.

Ekeroth later said that he would step down permanently, but that he planned to keep his seat in parliament and would continue working for the party.

The question of whether Almqvist would remain in parliament has been in limbo, however.

The party leadership urged him to think "seriously" about whether to keep his seat. Almqvist said he needed time to think about his future but continued to participate in parliamentary votes.

"After plenty of discussion we have together concluded that neither Erik nor the party would benefit from him remaining in parliament," Sweden Democrat party secretary, Björn Söder, told the TT news agency on December 30th.

"He has realized that it would be difficult for him to focus on politics after all that has happened. I think he has taken a very responsible decision," Söder added.

Sven-Olof Sällström replaced Erik Almqvist as economic policy spokesman and Richard Jomshof replaced Ekeroth as justice policy spokesman.

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Your comments about this article

19:28 December 30, 2012 by Eric1
newsuperpower, free and honest debate is gone in the Western World. The only debate permitted is supervised by leftist and must be presented from a leftist (politically correct) point of view.
22:50 December 30, 2012 by pappabear
So you think the drunken bullying of random people in a Stockholm street by scaffold wielding thugs is "free and honest debate"? Be careful for what you wish for. It maybe you next.

As for your new friend newssuperpower..never has name been less appropriate.
00:01 December 31, 2012 by Gardian
@ Eric. What is gone is a criminal gangster of SD who was runing around spreading chaos in stockholm street. Are you really as ignorant as you seem.when you are advocating for that. Such a person belong to prison not parlimant.

What is the debate that you are talking about. ? And with whm?

They are luck of everything I wonder what are their political agenda for Sweden's problems except lets massively arrest all immigrants and deported all muslims and ban Islam. And then what ?!
02:38 December 31, 2012 by bezjaj
A immigrated woman becomes a leading figure in sD, that's what happens when you have no balls in life
08:59 December 31, 2012 by RobinHood
Mr Almqvist behaved badky and was gone from his post in days, and from his party within weeks.

There are many many public employees and party members in Sweden who have also behaved badly. The anti semetic mayor of Social Democrat Malmö for example. Can we expect a wave of resignations over the next few weeks as party leaders follow Young Jimmie's ruthless example? I don't think so. The Social Democrats think the mayor is a splendid chap.

What has Sweden come to when the party showing the way when it comes to doing the right thing is the SD?
17:49 January 4, 2013 by jvtx3232
I don't think Erik Almqvist is "shamed" at all as the first paragraph of this "news" article lies. This is just more witch hunts of the Sverigedemokraterna leadership by the state-funded militantly politically correct Swedish media. Three cheers for Erik Almqvist!
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