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Juholt position 'difficult' after fraud probe: expert

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 10 Oct 2011, 17:44

Published: 10 Oct 2011 17:44 GMT+02:00

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The Swedish prosecutor's office on Monday announced that Juholt is to be probed on suspicion of fraud. The investigation relates to revelations that he has spent years pocketing accommodation reimbursements he wasn't entitled to.

Ulf Bjereld is a professor in political science at Gothenburg University and a regular commentator on Swedish political life and in an interview with The Local he assesses the impact of Monday's decision on Håkan Juholt and the Social Democrats.

How does the prosecutor’s decision affect the situation regarding Håkan Juholt?

"This makes his position more difficult. As the investigation progresses he will have much less freedom for political action. People will focus less on him and his political comments and more on the investigation."

How do you think the decision affects support for Juholt within the party?

"In the short term this is very bad. Especially at the grassroots and local level."

"But I am really not sure that many people want a new leadership process so soon after the last one, because the last one was a difficult one. There will be support for him from within the party."

Is his position threatened as leader of the party? What will decide his fate as leader?

"It is threatened."

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"However I think that the majority want him to stay in power and will wait for the investigation to take its course. But if there is then a prosecution he will have to go, but if there is not then he will be able to stay."

Håkan Juholt was elected as leader of the Social Democrats at the party conference in March 2011, replacing Mona Sahlin.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

22:14 October 10, 2011 by The Grand Master
Hahahaha....Social Democrat hypocrisy yet again.

I'd lock him up for five years just because he's a lefty.
00:14 October 11, 2011 by Smile123
I think it is the best for Party and for him to quit now!
06:48 October 11, 2011 by engagebrain
He is either a crook or incompetent - a politician.

Given that his partner also had some major integrity problems he should go.
07:57 October 11, 2011 by bells on the knight
well the thing is.... he's been in the parliament for 17 years and didn't know the rules. they other 30 people who received "alimony" did deduct 50% for their spouse/cohabitant and Jimmie 1000sek/weeek for his girlfriend staying with him part time.

Julholt clearly abused his position
13:25 October 11, 2011 by Roger Choate
The media has a habit of zeroing in on Social Democrats. Would love to see a real probe into Reinfeldt's finances and those of his party
15:22 October 11, 2011 by Tysknaden
German Socialdemocrats are of the same sort. Speaking 'bout solidarity. Acting like parasites.
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