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Wallström voters' pick for Prime Minister: poll

Christine Demsteader · 11 Jan 2010, 10:33

Published: 09 Jan 2010 11:54 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Jan 2010 10:33 GMT+01:00

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The poll, published in newspaper Expressen, reveals 52 percent of voters support former EU commissioner Wallström for the job compared to 46 percent who continue to back Reinfeldt.

Moderate Party head of communications Pär Henriksson told Expressen the figures are not based on a relevant question.

”The opposition leader is Mona Sahlin and she will stand against Fredrik Reinfeldt,” he said. “There is no other alternative.”

Wallström, whose position in Brussels concluded at the end of last year, is heading back to continue her political career Sweden.

The 55-year old has enjoyed long-standing support from colleagues and popularity among voters. Party secretary Ibrahim Baylan said her future within the party, specifically ahead of this year’s General Election, has not yet been decided.

”I think it is wonderful that she is popular and I hope and think she will take part in the campaign but I do not know in what role,” he told Expressen.

On Friday, newspaper Metro revealed a secret crisis plan, hatched by Sahlin’s strongest critics in Skåne and western Sweden, to oust the leader out of the party’s driving seat.

While the opposition is currently commanding the lead in polls against the centre-right alliance government, voters show more confidence in Reinfeldt over Sahlin as leader.

Metro reported that that a number of Social Democrat politicians have outlined a strategy to replace Sahlin with Wallström, who would assume the roll of candidate for Prime Minister for the time being.

”I wouldn’t have anything against it,” said Claes Bloch, former chair of the Skåne division of Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO).

”It wouldn’t be a great scandal if this happened,” added Dennis Bäckman, Social Democrat parliamentary candidate, who publicly started a petition to remove Sahlin from office.

A secret document allegedly obtained by Metro explains the hopes of those leading the charge - with Margot Wallström as candidate for Prime Minister the election victory is sealed.

It also stated that it would be a certainty that Wallström would accept the roll ”if a the party unanimously asked her.”

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Metro contacted Mona Sahlin who refused to comment on the issue.

The plan has been labelled as sheer rumour mongering by some Social Democrat politicians who also point the finger at alliance parties for mounting the speculation.

”I dare to speak for the whole of the Skåne district that this is a load of hot air,” Heléne Fritzon, chair of the Social Democratic party in Skåne, told Aftonbladet.

Christine Demsteader (christine.demsteader@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:41 January 9, 2010 by Nemesis
Replacing Mona Sahlin will be a good idea as she is unelectable.

Wallström is starting to get more mature in her job, so maybe a better alternative.

The most important thing is that Reinfeldt needs to be removed from power. He completely failed in Copenhagen and was less than useless as a president of Europe.
12:43 January 9, 2010 by livinginsweden
Personally I prefer blondes to brunette...... thats how I will vote. Is that OK?

ha ha
13:04 January 9, 2010 by Streja
The Local should stop calling Socialdemokraterna SD!!!!! It's S, unless you are talking about Sverigedemokraterna, the racist party.
16:48 January 9, 2010 by LazyDog
I agree with livinginsweden. hope the blond is a blue blond ha ha ha ha ha
19:09 January 9, 2010 by livinginsweden

Hillevi Larsson is a hottie.... i'll vote for her too..... i think she is republic... wants to get rid of royalties....
16:00 January 10, 2010 by zircon
These are dangerous times. Any future PM of Sweden will be facing the Middle East Peace Process, the US, EU policies on the Mid East Process, and so forth. We, global community, will need a war politics Swedish PM. Not a pretty face PM with cosmetic power politics.
01:28 January 11, 2010 by Beynch
Pleeeaaaase. Anything but a Social Democrat. Pleeeaaaase. They don't know how to do anyting right and will only screw things up again with their hidden marxist agenda. Celebrate freedom. Vote against the Social Democrats!
20:50 January 16, 2010 by G_man469
margot Wallström you will get it /...

and we sopported you

viva Social Democrats!
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