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Former defence minister joins lobby firm

Published torsdag 14 mars 2013 kl 11.25
Sten Tolgfors

A year after he quit as Defence Minister, Sten Tolgfors has joined a public relations firm that includes the arms company Saab among its clients, reports tabloid Aftonbladet.

The former minister left his post, saying the pressure was too great, following an investigation by Swedish Radio into the Sweden's role in setting up a Saudi arms factory.

His new job is at Rud Pedersen, which describes itself as a "public affairs consultancy." in an interview with Aftonbladet, the head of the firm's Stockholm office says that they recruited Tolgfors since he has seen the inner workings of political decision making.

The defence spokesman from the Liberal Party, also a member of the centre-right government, says that there should be a clear quarantine period for government figures and senior officers, before they can become defence lobbyists, but he will not comment on whether Tolgfors has acted correctly.

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