Danielsson Calls "Time Out"
Prime Minister Göran Persson’s embattled right hand man, State Secretary Lars Danielsson, is trying to defuse his critics with what he calls a ”time out”.
Danielsson says he has 14 weeks of vacation saved up and he plans to use some of it while he reflects on his situation with his family. Other civil servants will fill in for him, including his duties as Sweden’s unofficial minister for European Union affairs.
Danielsson has told conflicting stories about his activities the day after the Asian tsuanami disaster, in which more than 500 Swedes lost their lives.
The Parliamentary Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the affair.