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Swedish Election Campaigns Include Liberal Apology

Published fredag 8 september 2006 kl 14.26

The Swedish election compaign continues with party leader debates and solo appearances in the broadcasting media – including opposition Liberal Party leader Lars Leijonborg’s apology to the nation for party members making illegal access to the campaign website of the ruling Social Democratic government

The Liberal leader claims that guilty individuals and others covering up the crime were dismissed or resigned – and that the entire party can not be blamed. But he does not rule out that others could have been involved.

However, a number of opinion makers insist that the apology and dismissals are not enough – and reveal a failure to handle crises.

Some observers fear that the Liberal Party scandal could jeaporadize the opposition non-socialist alliance hopes of winning the September 17 elections.

In another effort to show a convincing alliance unity, the other members – the Center, the liberal Conservates Moderats and the Christian Democrats say they will change Sweden’s natural resource policies if they get into power.

They’re demanding an end to the state ’s mandatory purchases of forest area to create nature reserves – mainting that it is better to work together with forest owners to see how volunteers efforts can be used.

The latest polls indicate that there is still a close balance between both blocks – with a slight lead for the Socialist Democrats and their informal allies – the opposition Greens and the Left Party.

In a rare mention of foreign policy in the otherwise heated debate over jobs, schools, health care and taxes, the government and the opposition parties have agreed to postpone any decision to boost Swedish military input in the UN forces in Lebanon.

The government so far pledged a coast guard patrol boat with crew – maintaining that it is saving resources for a UN operation together with Norway for the civil-war ravaged Darfur province of Sudan.

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