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Bildt: I won't give Danielsson a job

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18:33 CET+01:00
Lars Danielsson, former prime minister Göran Persson's closest aide, will not be given a job as an ambassador, foreign minister Carl Bildt has said.

Bildt said Danielsson lied over his role in the government's handling of the December 2004 tsunami catastrophe, in which over 500 Swedes died. The foreign minister also said that Danielsson had been the subject of "unique" criticism from the Justice Ombudsman.

Danielsson, who was previously a top civil servant at the Foreign Ministry with the rank of ambassador, is reported to have sought a number of senior roles in Swedish embassies.

"I think that to be branded by the Riksdag's Justice Ombudsman as having lied to the Riksdag is not on the qualification list for ambassadorial appointments," Bildt told Swedish Radio.

Bildt said he would seek legal advice on Danielsson's future at the Foreign Ministry, to see "if and how" he could remain employed there.

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