Three ministers added in cabinet reshuffle
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented three new cabinet members and some shifted assignments for current ministers at the announcement about the government reshuffle Wednesday.
The new Green Party co-leader Isabella Lövin, who has served as the Minister for International Development Cooperation, was given an additional ministry for climate work.
With that move Löfven announced that climate issues will be shifted away from the government's environmental department and moved to its Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Löfven said that climate issues go hand in hand with aid and international development work.
The Minister for Environment post was filled by a cabinet newcomer, Karolina Skog, of the Greens. Skog has served as the municipal commissioner for the southern city of Malmö.
And a former Green co-leader, Peter Eriksson, also a newcomer, was named the new housing and digitalization minister, filling the spot left by Mehmet Kaplan who resigned in the wake of a scandal that spurred the change in Green Party leadership.
Löfven also decided to give the current Minister for Energy, Ibrahim Baylan, an additional post as minister for policy coordination. And Social Democrat Ann Linde, a cabinet newcomer, was named the Minister for EU Affairs.
Mikael Damberg, a Social Democrat who has served as the Minister for Enterprise, will be given a new role and focus on creating new, low-skilled jobs in Swedish industry as well as creating jobs for those lacking education.
Löfven also announced that Social Democrat Kristina Persson, who had served as the Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Minister for Strategic Development, would leave her post.
Wednesday's announcement means the Green Party, a junior partner with the Social Democrats in Löfven's minority government, will still have six members in ministerial posts. Two ministries had been vacated by Green politicians, that of environment and housing, after a series of scandals. While making no promises, Löfven had previously said that the government parntership would remain intact.
Members of the Alliance bloc of opposition parties were generally critical of Löfven's reshuffle. Ebba Busch Thor, leader of the Christian Democrats, said she would have liked to see an integration minister. Leader of the Liberals, Jan Björklund, attacked Löfven's reorganization of the ministery for energy and environment. And Anna Kinberg Batra, leader of the opposition Moderate Party, while she praised Löfven's emphasis on finding entry-level jobs, said he had presented no way of creating them.
"Löfven presented names and new titles today," she told Swedish Radio News. "But he has no plan for a stronger Sweden."