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Libertas Registered in Sweden

Published onsdag 4 mars 2009 kl 11.07
Declan Ganley - leader of Libertas

Libertas, the campaign organisation which worked on Ireland’s no to the treaty of Lisbon last year, was registered as a Swedish party on Tuesday. Its aim is to run in the election for the European parliament in June.

The party is financed and lead by Irish entrepreneur Declan Ganley. On his website, Ganley writes that the idea is to become a pan European political party and run in all member states.

Libertas was registered by the Swedish Election Authority after gathering the necessary 1500 signatures needed to list it as a political party.

Yesterday Swedish Radio News reported that Declan Ganley previously had offered the Swedish political party the June List financial support on the condition that they would change its name to ”June List - Libertas”.

”Naturally, we rejected the offer immediately,” said Sören Wibe, head of the June List, to Swedish Radio News.

”We are not for sale. this is against everything we believe in, letting yourself be financed by a foreign billionaire in a political party - I think that’s a direct insult”, he continued.

However, it is the former June List politician Jesper Katz who registered Libertas as a party in the Swedish elections for the European parliament. When interviewed yesterday he wanted to play down the information regarding financial support.

”There were speculations as to how much it would cost to run a campaign. That’s not the same as making an offer,” Katz said.

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