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Reinfeldt rejects Sweden Democrat overtures

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 4 Oct 2010, 07:49

Published: 04 Oct 2010 07:49 GMT+02:00

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The far-right Sweden Democrats have waited to the last to decide whether to back Alliance candidate Per Westerberg, or the Red-Greens' Kent Härstedt for the post of speaker.

The party is due to meet at 9.30am this morning, 90 minutes before the first vote of the new parliament, to decide which way to place their vote, having demanded that former leader Mikael Jansson receive backing for the second deputy speaker post in return for its support.

The party, through parliament group leader Björn Söder, contacted both the Moderates and the Social Democrats by email on Thursday to open negotiations over the vote, but neither party has responded.

"As far as I know we have not received any reply yet," said Erik Almqvist, SD press secretary, to news agency TT on Sunday evening.

But both Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, and Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin, have made their positions regarding negotiations with the Sweden Democrats clear.

"We have underlined that we are not going to engage in some sort of horse trading," Reinfeldt said regarding the speaker vote, according to the Expressen daily.

"We will never ever, never anywhere, never, ever are we going to render ourselves actively or passively dependent on the Sweden Democrats," said Mona Sahlin in a statement announcing Kent Härstedt as the opposition candidate.

The party has previously said that it is reasonable to expect the largest bloc to nominate the Speaker, but will now make a decision at the morning meeting.

"We will take a position at the group meeting on whether we publish the name directly or if we do so in the chamber," Almqvist said.

Since 1976 the role of speaker has gone to the biggest bloc in the Riksdag, and is currently held by the Moderates' Per Westerberg.

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The speaker posts are then usually appointed according to party size, with either the Social Democrats or the Moderates thus set to claim the deputy speaker post. The second deputy speaker post would then go to the Green Party, with the Liberal Party claiming the third deputy speaker post.

Sweden Democrats' leader Jimmie Åkesson has argued that his party, which has 20 parliamentary seats, constitutes a third bloc and has demanded accordingly that the second deputy speaker post should be given to Jansson.

"He has experience of leading a large congregation, has for many years been in public service and has also been a councillor in Gothenburg, the largest municipality in which we have a representative," said press head Mattias Karlsson to the Svenska Dagbladet daily.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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08:57 October 4, 2010 by calebian22
"We will never ever, never anywhere, never, ever are we going to render ourselves actively or passively dependent on the Sweden Democrats,"

Welcome to 4 years of getting nothing done.
09:07 October 4, 2010 by shame, shame
Whatever happened to Jimmie Å's hubris about taking "responsibility" for Sweden? SD won 5.7 percent of the vote and he is trying to threaten and blackmail the major parties from day one - how democratic is that, I might ask.

Reinfeldt and Sahlin have said that they have no control over how SD votes and so why should they negotiate? Let the chips lie SD, you can't expect to govern, just because you claimed 20 seats in parliament. Throwing a tantrum every time you don't get your way is not going to gain you votes in four years time.
09:19 October 4, 2010 by Ben5
What kind of politics that, when you will never ever negotiate!!!!!!...

You can not ignore 5.7% of Swedes, sit with SD, see what they have to offer, don't accept what you think it is against your principles, offer them what you have, and maybe you will find a way out of this dilemma...
09:44 October 4, 2010 by rafa1981
"The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats have waited to the last to decide whether to back Alliance candidat..."

What that anti-immigrant tag has to do with the Riksdag speaker? is the new about immigration? that tag is a disinformation tactic, we can add the tag "pro-Afghanistan invasion" to some parties also, the of the biasing of the article it´s obvious, same as who owns the media.

This "anti-immigrant" tag has nothing to do with the new, it´s just unrelated, pure disinformation, check the link, point 5:

10:10 October 4, 2010 by Rebel
The Swedish Democrats have the power to make both Reinfeldt and Sahlin look like innefective bureaucrats -- wonder if they will take that as their destiny.
10:10 October 4, 2010 by Iraniboy
Well Done Reinfeldt !

From his previous speeches he seems to udnerstand why 5.7% people have voted for them. That's a good step to try to meet those demands while staying away from SD's main objective which is not immigration but scaremongering and racism.


Anti-immigration tag is the least you can say about SD. I personally do not object SD's stance for debating immigration policies and I don't think current Swedish immigration policies have been good. What concerns me about SD is their racist and scaremongering values which have been shown by some of their members and some of those values have even been mentioned in their mandate.
10:11 October 4, 2010 by Viva Melita
The establishment are throwing a tantrum, they will throw many more in the future before they themselves will be thrown down the toilet of history where they can join all their friends in the sewer where they belong.
10:15 October 4, 2010 by Jan M
And so the SD arrive to transform Sweden's fortunes. Day 1 of business. Youth unemployment is at around 29%, immigration is apparently a major issue but no the only concern they have is whether they can put someone into the role of Deputy Speaker. Nice for the elected members of the SD. Meaningless to the interests of Sweden and the Swedish people. The message it sends is, we've gatecrashed and now we want as many perks as possible for ourselves. For all those who voted for them just watch the self-interest overtake any concern they climbed to have for your interests. One big bad joke. If anyone has any energy please just snuff them out because otherwise it's just going to get painfully depressing.
10:40 October 4, 2010 by miss79
4 years with Svd..great changes huh..
15:19 October 4, 2010 by shame, shame
I would say "anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats", far from being disinformation is a complete no-brainer.

"Openly xenophobic", "extremist", "extreme-right", "dystopian", anti-Swedish would also work fine.

In the end, when the votes were counted, they proved irrelevant anyway - http://www.thelocal.se/29410/20101004/
15:58 October 4, 2010 by rafa1981
The treatment of the information is very biased, pre-cooked ideas for uncritical people is the only menu available, if you want other food you have to cook it yourself.

What SD wants is written in their website, it doesn't talk about discriminating someone by religion or skin color, that is what establishment wants to make everyone believe.

It´s obvious that media will use lots of different strategies to avoid to give serious treatment to their ideas, establishment doesn't want strangers in the power circles changing what they had planned for you and for me. Personally I think that this plan involves the progressive abolition of the Swedish welfare and tax system, silently but without pause, as it has been always done, when establishment wants to take out privileges of the people they do it without big wars and with people' s conformity.

Provided the case you are a Reindfelt supporter as I think that understand, you would be an awesome sample of political unconsciousness, a persian supporting a pro-NATO and pro-Afghan war party, depending on how the relations with your Israeli-American friends are going, you could be able someday if it´s your will to go as a Swedish soldier to fight against your own country.
18:59 October 4, 2010 by jbat
@Rafa1981 must be the hardcore SD boy here in TL... I wonder if it is his job given by SD to do his little campaign here...

SD boy.. SD boy SD boy.. what you gonna do.. What you gonna do when they come for you.. SD boy.. SD boy.. SD boy

19:03 October 4, 2010 by jbat
yes.. no discrimination. thats why their leader talked about true muslim not good for Sweden and another leader talked about shoting immigrants and put them in the bags bla bla bla.... whatever immigrants they will shoot, it is surely will not be Rafa1981 since Rafa1981 is special SD immigrants (thats why Rafa don´t fear them even Rafa also is an immigrant) :-)
19:29 October 4, 2010 by jbat
p/s : I forgot to add, the shooting story is just a stupid joke from someone from this party.. nothing will really happen ..
21:06 October 4, 2010 by rafa1981
Oh, here we have the pathetic troll with his multinick army looking for attention again, welcome.

That' s how it works, the new talks about decisions in the parliament and then we end speaking about the sex of the angels.

So of course, it' s way better a party that wants to support NATO and to cover himself with the blood of the Afghan people than a party that wants to regulate how the people that the first one is massacring enters his country. The massacre in other sovereign lands is perfectly justified and is supported with frequent anti muslim terrorism news to balance people' s mind, the second ones deserve defamatory tags in each new.
21:09 October 4, 2010 by reason
"You can not ignore 5.7% of Swedes"

If you have 30% of the Swedes backing you, you most certainly can. And should if you want to keep that support.
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