Calls for PM to Resign
Opposition politicians have demanded that Prime Minister Göran Persson dismiss ministers and senior ministry officials, threatening to call a vote of no-confidence if he does not take action.
The Social Democrats took a hard hit Thursday when the Swedish Disaster Commission’s final tsunami-response report blasted the government for not sending help quickly to the thousands of Swedes stranded in Thailand.
Right-leaning editorial pages here have also called on the prime minister and his foreign minister to resign while most major dailies stopped short of urging for a change in government.
While taking responsibility for mistakes made, Persson says he has no plans to resign or fire any of his ministers.
Meanwhile, the National Board of Forensic Medicine has concluded its DNA analysis of the Asian tsunami victims.
Over 500 samples have been analysed. Eighteen Swedes are still listed as missing, 13 of them children. Officially, 543 Swedes died in the disaster.