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Defence Minister was conscientious objector

Published torsdag 6 november 2014 kl 14.34
Peter Hultqvist wants to consider reintroducing the draft, Photo: Malin Hoelstad, Pontus Lundahl/TT

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.

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