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Political parties mull future leadership plans

TT/The Local · 8 Nov 2010, 08:49

Published: 08 Nov 2010 08:49 GMT+01:00

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In the case of the Green Party, spokespeople Peter Eriksson and Maria Wetterstrand must resign because of the party's constitution, which mandates that leaders cannot serve for more than nine years.

MP Gustav Fridolin, who returned to politics in this last election cycle after a four-year break, is tipped to take over, along with party economic spokeswoman Mikaela Valtersson.

Other parties lack suitable challengers for the party leadership.

On Friday, a municipal politician sharply criticised Christian Democrat leader Göran Hägglund in the Kristdemokraten newspaper, saying that he had taken a sudden 180-degree turn since the 2006 election.

However, it is not entirely clear who would take over from Hägglund, who has led the party since 2004.

Similarly, Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson denied that she would resign in the summer after it was noted that she has led the party for nine years.

The most likely scenario would Olofsson allowing herself to be reappointed at the next party meeting, then resigning because she wants to hang onto the leadership, party sources told TT.

Like the Christian Democrats, the party lacks a natural successor.

Meanwhile, the debate on shared leadership and succession is already under way at the Left Party, which narrowly avoided becoming the smallest parliamentary party after the recent elections.

If the party, led by Lars Ohly, cannot win new supporters in the polls, the "demands will increase for the coach's resignation," a senior Left Party official told news agency TT on Sunday.

"We have had heated discussions about the election results and we have agreed on a statement to examine shared leadership," said Carin Högstedt, the Left Party's Kronoberg district president.

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Names mentioned as possible successors to Ohly include Jonas Sjöstedt, Alice Åström, Hans Linde and Josefin Brinck.

Separately, while many believe Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin will continue to lead her party in the 2014 election, she has not been able to evade talk of a need for an extraordinary party congress ahead of the next scheduled meeting to challenge her leadership.

As it stands, no senior Social Democrat has demanded her resignation yet.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:43 November 8, 2010 by RobinHood
The phrases "lack of natural successor", and "lack of suitable challengers" keep popping up. Swedish politics seems devoid of a new generation of talented people. Strange that, because outsdie politics, Sweden is packed with gifted and intelligent people.

Can anyone think of a reason why good people stay away from Swedish politics? Hmmm.....
15:11 November 8, 2010 by miss79
it seems abit problem here
17:39 November 8, 2010 by Tanskalainen
Did Mona Sahlin's mother meet an Elk?
18:02 November 8, 2010 by yulles
This is just laughable. I mean....being a big fan of the Alliance myself....I shouldn't be complaining about the lack of criticism towards Mona Sahlin.....because she........and only she was the most contributing factor to the Alliance having been voted into office for another four years. Let's face it....politics in general and elections in specific are a lot about being able to transmit trust to the voters. People are looking to put their trust in someone....someone who can give them a feeling of hope and someone who has the ability to close the ranks and press ahead. Let's be perfectly honest.......regardless of political preferences...but do we believe that Mona Sahlin has got what it takes? I say...NO WAY near. For me........she is like someone working as a customer assistant in a supermarket like Tesco's or something. Don't get me wrong....I do in now way disregard those people....nor do I think that I am better than them.....because honestly hard working people should always be applauded but I just don't see them being capable of running a country....or at least convincing the voters that they have got what it takes to run a country. I work as a teacher....and I don't got what it takes to run a country....but at least I don't make any claims to run it.

The sooner the social democrates realise this.....the better for the party. I dread the day when the social democrates appoint Thomas Ostros or someone similiar as their new leader....because that is the day when the Alliance has to be seriously worried.
22:13 November 8, 2010 by BYDAND
I might be a little bit tired, and I must admit I have had a couple of whiskies but you did say Thomas Ostros ????
03:35 November 9, 2010 by yulles
Bydand.....you're right....and I was a bit tired when writing this message myself...=) I wrote Thomas Ostros but I meant Thomas Bodstrom. That's a sly fox and a canny politician. It might be the case that he's a too much of lawyer and too little of politican....or too specialised in one field of politics......but hey.....if I were a member of SAP-party I would support that guy....and try to promote him....because he's got everything that Mona Sahlin lacks. He's self-confident in a natural way....he's smart.....he's got a personality that comes across as trustworthy and....least but not last......95% of the adult female population finds him attractive. Yeh....I know it's utterly shallow of me to bring this up....but hey....let's face it.....attractiveness will always work in your favour if you're a politician. Like it or not.
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