Little confidence in Center leader Lööf
Following reports of spending irregularities at her ministry and at least one agency under her responsibility, Enterprise Minister and Center Party leader Annie Lööf has dropped in a recent survey of voter confidence. The only party leader with a lower score was Jimmie Åkesson, head of the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, a party who's policies many Swedes regard with distaste.
Lööf received a score of 2.17 on a scale going up to 5, in a survey conducted by the Demoskop institute for the newspaper Expressen.
At the top of the survey is Social Democrat opposition leader Stefan Löfven with a score of 3.39. But conservative Moderate Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is not far behind at 3.29.
The newspaper Dagens Nyheter has recently uncovered a number of spending irregularities at public agencies, and there has been widespread criticism of the expenses for a ministry Christmas party that were recorded as paying for a seminar.
Last year at the age of 28, Annie Lööf became the youngest leader in the Center Party’s history
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Investigation into agency party spending
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