On Thursday Minister for Local Government, Mats Odell announced on Thursday that the County Governor of Gotland, Marianne Samuelsson, has been summoned to a meeting with the government.
When the meeting between Samuelsson and Odell will take place is as of yet uncertain, as the governor is currently on holiday.
“I have asked to see her. I don’t know when it will be possible to meet, but I take for granted that it will be in the immediate future”, Mats Odell told Swedish news agency TT.
The government has the ability to make a County Governor take a time out or change his or her authority, for example during a pending court case. But this is, as of yet, not on the cards.
“I will meet with Marianne Samuelsson and repeat what I think is obvious- the constitutional principle that we are all equal before the law. I would like to discuss her view on that,” Odell told TT.
The meeting follows the media uproar when a secret recording of a County Council meeting was leaked to the press. On the tape Samuelsson can be heard to say that Gotland can’t afford to lose businesses and that the council therefore should give local magnate Max Hansson special treatment in regards to building permits. She was also heard to say that she doubted if the governor of the county where the Volvo group is based “would argue much if the Volvo head wanted to expand his beach property”.