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Lööf and government criticised by committee

Published tisdag 4 juni 2013 kl 14.20
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Centre Party leader Annie Lööf got her knuckles rapped by the parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee Tuesday, as it presented its investigation into reports of alleged misdemeanours.

Lööf was criticized by the committee for giving incorrect information to the committee following media reports that her government department did not pass on receipts from a Christmas party to a newspaper that requested them, instead giving the receipts to Swedish Radio. Swedish transparency laws say the government has to hand over requested information such as this to the media without delay. The committee was split in the issue, with the government parties refusing to support the criticism.

The government and the former defence minister Sten Tolgfors were questioned by the committee over their dealings with Saudi weapon component factory. There the defence ministry was criticized by the committee for not keeping their eyes on the controversial deal. Again, the government parties refusing to support the criticism.

The committee has no legal powers of reprimand.

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