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People’s Choice Rules Herself Out of Leader Challenge

Published torsdag 21 september 2006 kl 14.47
Margot Wallström

The top choice among voters to replace Göran Persson as leader of the ousted Social Democrats has ruled herself out of the running.

Margot Wallström, who’s Vice President of the European Commission said on Thursday that she did not want to run as a candidate despite a poll this week showing her as the overwhelming favourite among voters to replace Persson, who’s government were voted out of power last Sunday.

Sweden’s Social Democratic party is one of the most successful in Europe, having ruled Sweden for six of the past seven decades. Party members are set to elect a new leader at a special congress in March.

The poll published in tabloid Aftonbladet Tuesday found 43 percent of Swedes want Wallstrom to lead the Social Democrats, while 19 percent favored outgoing Justice Minister Thomas Bodstrom. Pollster Sifo interviewed 1,000 people of all party affiliations in the survey. The margin of error was not given.

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