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Sweden Democrats elect Jomshof as party chair

Published måndag 26 januari 2015 kl 15.36
Richard Jomshof is to replace Björn Söder, on the right. Photo: TT. Montage: Sveriges Radio
Richard Jomshof is to replace Björn Söder, on the right. Photo: TT. Montage: Sveriges Radio

Sweden's third biggest party is to get a new party chairman. The xenophobic Sweden Democrats have chosen Rikard Jomshof, one of the tight group around leader Jimmie Åkesson. 

He replaces deputy speaker Björn Söder, who steps down from the post after a decade.

A letter from Åkesson to a newspaper said there was no internal struggle over the post. However, the party executive board says their decision on when the changeover will happen was a compromise, because of internal discussions. It will now take place at the end of February.

The current general secretary, Björn Söder, was criticised for saying Jews and indigenous people must abandon their culture to become part of the Swedish nation. There is still no news as to when party leader Jimmie Åkesson will return to his post, his current period of sick leave due to exhaustion is due to end this weekend, news agency TT reports.

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