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new party leadership

Further changes at the top for Social Democrats?

Published lördag 12 mars 2011 kl 13.24
Who will join Carin Jämtin and Håkan Juholt at the top of the party? Photo Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix

After proposing the names of a new party leader and party chair, the Social Democrat nomination committee is now considering further changes at the top of the party, the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports.

According to the paper, several districts are pushing for gender balance in the party executive committee, which would mean that the current economic spokes person Thomas Östros and the parliament group leader Sven-Erik Österberg could be replaced.

Several districts feel that having two men in these central positions would be too much, now that the proposed leader of the party also is a man, SvD reports. Some districts also stress the importance of a renewal in general at the top. "many of those in leading positions now are from (former prime minister) Persson's era," one district chair tells SvD.

The nomination committee has already proposed the defence spokes person Håkan Juholt as the next party leader, and the leader of the Stockholm Social Democrats Carin Jämtin as the party chair. On the 25th of March, the Social Democrat extra party congress starts. That is when the party will vote on its new leadership.

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