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liberal party leader Jan björklund holds summer speech

Liberals focus on infrastructure and research

Published söndag 12 augusti 2012 kl 15.03
Jan Björklund giving his summer speech in Gothenburg.Photo: Adam Ihse/Scanpix.

In his traditional summer speech, the Liberal Party Folkpartiet's leader and deputy prime minister Jan Björklund said his party will emphasise the building of new fast trains and a bigger investment in research in the government's autumn budget.

Addressing listeners in Gothenburg on Sunday, Björklund said that infrastructure would be a top priority for the Liberals in the coming years, reports newspaper Dagens Nyheter. He outlined plans to build and implement new fast trains that travel 250 km per hour on Sweden's existing railway system.

"It is now time to implement strategical investments for the future", Björklund said.

Björklund, who is also Sweden's education minister, stressed the importance of investing in research at Sweden's academic institutions.

The Social Democrat party was the target of much criticism in Björklund's speech. Björklund criticised the party for having done damage to Sweden's education system. He also mentioned the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, emphasising the fact that the then Social Democrat government betrayed Wallenberg, reports news agency TT.

The government will meet on August 24 to negotiate the autumn budget, which will be presented on September 20.

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