Opposition Split Over Female Soldiers
The Swedish opposition parties hoping to oust the present center-right government in the next elections are divided over the question of obligatory military service for women over the age of 18.
The Social Democrats and the Left Party say changing the present voluntary service is necessary for gender quality, while the Green Party is opposed – arguing that it would be wrong to put women in jail for refusing to undergo 3 months of military training as is the case for men.
Because of cutbacks in defense, most young men are not called as conscripts these days.
The split is a set-back for the three opposition parties trying in general to present a united front to convince voters they can rule together if they win the elections in a year and a half.
However, a brand new poll shows that the leader of the largest of the 3 parties - the Social Democrats, has plunged once again in voter confidence to a record low 23 % of voter confidence.
This is only a 1/3rd of the support party leader Mona Sahlin had when taking over the party after the last election defeat.