Social Democrats move to rescue party
After a a biting defeat in Sweden's national elections last month, the Social Democrats are planning carry out a major reorganization of their party. The party's leaders are expected to decide on Friday what the change will entail.
One issue that is certain NOT to be discussed by the party executive on Friday is whether their party leader Mona Sahlin should take the blame for the disastrous election result and go. This is hardly surprising, says political scientist Jenny Madestam, since the party carry the idea that it is their ideas and policies that are important, not their leader. Nevertheless, history shows that they do want a strong leader. To listen to an interview with Jenny Madestam, click below.
Still Sweden's largest party, but only by a small margin, the Social Democrats are bleeding voters and money. The lack of money comes from having lost seats in Parliament and therefore getting less state funding. Swedish Radio news reports that this is the driving force behind the restructuring - expected to be the biggest change since the party split in 1917.
The party been in trouble since it lost power in 2006. According to Swedish Radio news, it is impressed by the way its opponents have reinvented themselves with the "new Moderates" campaign.