Social Democrats pass over Österberg as leader
Swedish Television News reports that the committee searching for a new leader for the opposition Social Democratic party has rejected suggestions that parliamentary group chief Sven-Erik Österberg could take the post temporarily.
Representatives of 26 Social Democratic district offices were reportedly unable to reach agreement Wednesday evening on the plan for a transitional replacement for outgoing leader Mona Salin.
Following its disappointing loss in parliamentary elections in September to the governing center-right coalition, and with polls showing further declines in support in the months since, the party is scheduled to elect a new leader in late March.
According to the district representatives, the debate is less about ideology than a reflection of disagreements over whether to elevate an experienced figure familiar to voters versus taking a chance on a less well-known personality who might appeal to a broader base.