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Strong reaction to Juholt sensation

Published fredag 11 mars 2011 kl 13.13
"It has been so undemocratic it's like electing a Pope"
(5:49 min)
Håkan Juholt is a "compromise candidate." Photo:Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix

The choice of a 48 year old former journalist from Småland, with no ministerial experience, as the top candidate to replace Mona Sahlin as the leader of the Social Democrats provoked a strong and mixed reaction in the Swedish media on Friday.

Thursday's announcement by the Social Democrat's nomination committee came as a huge surprise to many with pollsters SIFO suggesting that 7 out of 10 Swedes they questioned had never heard of Håkan Juholt.

A member of the Swedish parliament (the Riksdag) for 16 years and chair of the riksdag defence committee, Juholt has yet to present his ideas on how to repair the rifts in the party which appeared after it lost last year's election. 

Ursula Berge,  political director of the Academica union SSR, and a member of the Social Democrats told Radio Sweden that Juholt is a compromise candidate and criticised the party's selection process as undemocratic.

"It has been so undemocratic and so closed, it's like electing a pope we have all been waiting for the white smoke and that's a very strange way to do it with in the social movement," Berge said. 

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