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resignation demanded

Left Party: Björling handled Saudi deal "poorly"

Published fredag 27 april 2012 kl 11.39
Swedish Trade Minister Ewa Björling. File photo: Scanpix

The leader of the Left Party, Jonas Sjöstedt, has called for the resignation of Trade Minister Ewa Björling for her connection to the Saudi Arabia weapons deal.

Sjöstedt says Björling handled the affair "poorly", and that she should have taken more responsibility for overseeing the export of Swedish weapons to the Middle Eastern country.

Sjöstedt told Swedish Radio that Björling should have ensured that the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls, who was responsible for exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, remained unbiased in its actions.

"We need a minister for trade who is responsible", he says. "Ewa Björling smoothes over problems rather than solving them."

Björling says, that to the best of her knowledge, the agency was not present in any deals made between the Ministry of Defence and Saudi Arabia, and that they followed all the rules.

"The agency has not broken any applicable rules. I have no grounds to believe that the information I have received is incorrect," she says.

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