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Social Democrat party secretary to quit

TT/The Local/dl · 6 Mar 2011, 22:08

Published: 06 Mar 2011 22:08 GMT+01:00

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Baylan told Svergies Television (SVT) he hoped his decision to step down as party secretary at the Social Democrats’ March 25-27 extra congress will help the process of choosing a successor to outgoing party leader Mona Sahlin.

“I hope and believe that this will make it easier for the nomination committee to find a team that can lead the Social Democrats after the congress,” he told the TT news agency.

Baylan said he decided around Christmas to step down as party secretary.

“It’s a hard job to combine with being an accessible father to two small children. I’ve promised myself to never sacrifice my children for the job,” he said.

Baylan sits in the Riksdag as a representative for Västerbotten County in northern Sweden. He said that leaving the party secretary post doesn’t mean he’s leaving politics altogether.

“No, I’m really hungry for revenge,” he said.

Baylan said he never felt he lacked “personal support” within the party to continue as party secretary, but he admitted that many in the party may have perceived him as an obstacle to choosing a new leader.

He believes the party should be led by a man and a woman.

“If I remain in my position, I limit the nomination committee,” he said.

Baylan also lamented the drawn out process of choosing a new party leader.

“We all wish we could come to a decision as quickly as possible. It would make it easier for the party and our voters,” he said.

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In the week ahead, the Social Democrats are expected to make a final effort to settle on a party leader candidate. During the weekend, several districts have submitted new names to the nomination committee.

Last Tuesday, the district organisations were urged to come up with new candidates after three people – Uirika Messing, Pär Nuder, and Tomas Eneroth – had all said no to the nomination committee.

A leading Social Democrat said at the time that the nomination committee had “run itself into a wall”.

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08:49 March 7, 2011 by RobinHood
The current crop of Social Democratic Party apparatchiks really are a poor bunch. If they thought the party had a chance of victory in 2014, they would all want the job.

Inevitably, the Moderates will one day lose their mojo, and the Social Democrats will be electable again - if only by default. These people, who had better things to do when their party really needed them, will suddenly realise they do want to be party leader after all.
09:19 March 7, 2011 by Rishonim
So, with his credentials I think he need not to worry about his future career path. He can open a chain of pizza joints with Italian names, lobby for bringing in more radicals into the country, become a train conductor, manage a Coop Konsum supermarket in Hälsingland, lead a tintank group and appeal to Swedish stupidity and try to get the government to boycott Israel etc etc..
14:17 March 7, 2011 by Syftfel
Good idea. He finally realizes that the social dems, and their totalitarian policies are a thing of the past, and that there are better alternatives to a brighter Swedish future. Right now Swedes are yearning for a government that listens to them, as opposed to one that says "Shut up and do as I tell you. I know what's best for you". The demise of these social dems is simply a logical outgrowth of the destruction of communism in the Soviet Union. Welcome to reality Baylan!
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