Defence Minister was conscientious objector
It’s been revealed that Sweden’s new defence minister, who has floated the idea of reintroducing conscription, was a conscientious objector.
The newspaper Expressen reports that Peter Hultqvist did 57 days of obligatory military service in 1987, before being granted alternative service as a conscientious objector.
Today Hultqvist is Sweden’s new Defence Minister, and recently proposed taking a look at bringing back conscription, which was abolished here in 2009.
The minister tells Expressen his decision to serve in a non-combatant role was not because of any pacifism at the time. Expressen says he and his fellow draftees had a difference of opinion with their commander, which ended up in a strike.
The columnist KG Bergstöm, who made the revelation, does comment that of all the ministers in the new government, Hultqvist may be one of those who’s done best.