Gothenburg police remain on their guard

Swedish police maintained a raised level of readiness following the bomb threat in Gothenburg, while two people remained in custody.

Others detained in connection with the investigation into the bomb threat who were released on Saturday remain of interest.

Ulf Edberg, a press spokesperson in the county of Västra Götaland, explained that the police readiness extends to among other things an special unit to be called in if needed.

“There are however additional police officers deployed in central Gothenburg,” he said without going in to how many and where in the centre of the city they are stationed.

Gothenburg police have also desisted from releasing concrete details over those who remain in custody, those who were released, and the bomb threat itself. Broadcaster TV 4 has reported that three men were detained in the district of Angered.

Edberg confirmed that the cautious approach has been decided upon “with respect to the investigation”.

Police were neither willing to detail any possible motives behind the threat and where in Gothenburg the bomb was said to be located.

The raised threat level was in place during the whole of Saturday, with nothing to indicate whether it remained in place during Sunday, with Edberg unwilling to comment.

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Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Green Party and Left Party have managed to oust the right-wing Moderates from power in Gothenburg, despite failing to strike a coalition deal with the Centre Party.

Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Left Party and Green Party will now take over the municipality with Jonas Attenius, group leader for the Social Democrats in the city, becoming the new mayor.

“We three parties are ready to together take responsibility for leading Gothenburg,” Attenius wrote to TT. “I am looking forward immensely to leading Gothenburg in the coming years.” 

The three parties will lead a minority government, with 40 out of 81 mandates, meaning it will dependent on mandates from the Centre Party to pass proposals. 

The three parties had hoped to bring the Centre Party into the coalition, but talks fell apart on Monday,  October 24th. 

“We our going into opposition, but our goal is to be an independent, liberal force, which can negotiate both to the left and to the right,” the party’s group leader in Gothenburg, Emmyly Bönfors told the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper. 

The end of talks in Gothenburg leave the Social Democrats leading coalition governments in all three of Sweden’s major cities, with Karin Wanngård appointed Mayor of Stockholm on October 17th. 

The Social Democrats had unbroken control in Malmö since 1994, after they regained power from the Moderates, who controlled the city from 1991-1994, and also from 1985-1988.