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leadership battle

Social Democrats "acting like little children"?

Published söndag 6 mars 2011 kl 17.48
Monica Green MP is critical of the way some party districts are behaving. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix

A Social Democrat MP has accused her party's local districts of "acting like small children, or rather, old men" in their search for a new leader.

Monica Green MP blames the "male dominance" in the party for the fact that it has been so difficult to find a new leader, with the districts playing power games in order to push for their own candidates. "It's a bit like the Soviet Union", she told news agency TT, "They might not accept it, but that's my analysis", she adds.

The Social Democrats have just a few weeks left to find a new leader, with the party's nominating committee in negotiations with the local party districts to find a name everyone can agree on.

"The districts aren't going for who has the most competence, but are calculating how they will get the most power and preserve their male power structures", Green says.

Green wants outsider Ylva Johansson to get the leadership job. Johansson has previously been a minister in Social Democratic governments and is currently deputy chair of the parliament's labour market committee.

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