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Foreign policy

Prime Minister defends Bildt's Libya comments

Published onsdag 2 mars 2011 kl 09.59

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has responded to criticism against Foreign minister Carl Bildt. Critics have accused Bildt of being too lenient towards Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Reinfeldt said that he agrees with those who want Gaddafi to leave his post but adds that Bildt’s comments have been in line with government policy.

“In my opinion democracy is superior to all other forms of government. The important thing is that the peoples’ uprising leads to democracy, and that is not always the case if you look at history,” he told Swedish Radio News.

Bildt was widely criticised for comments he made last week when he said Sweden would not support one side or the other but that stability was the most important issue.

Reinfeldt did not want to comment directly on Bildt’s statement but said that the foreign minister has been clear in his statement and explanations.

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