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Reinfeldt unveils reshuffled cabinet

TT/The Local · 5 Oct 2010, 15:57

Published: 05 Oct 2010 15:57 GMT+02:00

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The new ministers include Ulf Kristersson, Stefan Attefall, Peter Norman, Anna-Karin Hatt, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, Hillevi Engström and Erik Ullenhag.

Reinfeldt also announced the creation of a new ministry focused on rural affairs, Landsbygdsdepartementet, which will be led by current Centre Party agriculture minister Eskil Erlandsson. Engström, of the Moderate Party, is also set to receive a ministerial post in the new department.

Among the ministers leaving the government are current Moderate social insurance minister Christina Husmark Pehrsson; financial markets minister Mats Odell of the Christian Democrats; infrastructure minister Åsa Torstensson of the Centre Party, and Liberal Party higher education minister Tobias Krantz.

Ullenhag, who has previously served as party secretary for the Liberals (Folkpartiet), will serve as integration minister and deputy employment minister.

The move marks a splitting of the integration and equality portfolio held by fellow Liberal Nyamko Sabuni, who now finds herself moved to the education ministry with a new title of equality minister and deputy education minister where she will deal with issues related to adult education, Swedish for Immigrants language classes, and vocational training.

Attenfall, a Christian Democrat, will assume a new ministerial post of civil affairs and housing minister.

Moderate Party member Norman, former head of the 7th AP public pension fund, will take over the financial markets minister post from Odell.

And Hatt, a former state secretary with the Centre Party, will serve as the minister for IT and regional affairs within the enterprise ministry, which will remain headed by Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson.

Moderate Elmsäter-Svärd will take over the infrastructure minister post from Torstensson, while fellow Moderate Ulf Kristersson, currently a deputy mayor in Stockholm, will head up the social affairs ministry.

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Göran Hägglund, leader of the Christian Democrats, will maintain a ministerial post within the social affairs ministry which he led under the first Alliance government. Maria Larsson will also maintain a ministerial post dealing with children’s and pensioner affairs.

Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund will take over as deputy prime minister while maintaining his post as the head of the education ministry.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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17:24 October 5, 2010 by Plowbridge
How has Nyamko Sabuni survived being thrown out on her ear? Her time as immigration and equality minister has been disastrous.
21:52 October 5, 2010 by wiserthanmos
Look at these dumb asses that represent Sweden, really Sweden has a very bright future!
22:19 October 5, 2010 by wotist
"Reinfeldt also announced the creation of a new ministry focused on rural affairs, Landsbygdsdepartementet, which will be led by current Centre Party agriculture minister Eskil Erlandsson. Engström, of the Moderate Party, is also set to receive a ministerial post in the new department."

Government bureaucracy seems to be a constant growth market no matter which government rules the country it seems. My memory must be deceiving me because I seem to remember that the Alliance promised to REDUCE the number of departments during their 2006 campaign. Or was that promise only good for one term? Not that they actually reduced the number of bureaucrats during the first term either.

The number of departments is insane as is for Christs sake! Not to speak of all the different governmnet agancies. Noone even knows how many government agencies there are. There are atleast 500, but beyond that no one seems to really know. How about the agency for Arts and Crafts? Do we really need that? Or the agency for Culture and Leisure for the Merchant Fleet - Do we really need that one?! Not to mention all the museums that receive taxpayer support. Museums that are open because no one wants to visit them. How about the Native American Museum of Dalarna (Dalarnas indianmuseum). Or...well, it's infuriating to just think about it.

If you speak - or at least understand Swedish - I recomend the movie "1200 miljarder"

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