Lars Danielsson testifying to a parliamentary committee

Political Feuds Continue over Top Official

With only months before the elctions here, the political turmoil continues over the Swedish prime minister’s right hand man, Lars Danielsson.

Danielsson has been sharply criticized for not getting the government in action to help Swedish vicitims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia over a year ago, and has been unable to prove where he was in the first hours after the disaster.

While journalists have stayed away from conjecture, two blogs written by low level officials of the opposition Liberal party claim Danielsson lied to cover up being with a lover – a woman working with him at the prime minister’s office.

On Thursday the woman came forward and denied the claim.

For the first time in many months, public opinion polls say the opposition’s previously overwhelming lead has dissolved, and the ruling Social Democrats and their Green and Left Party allies are now slightly ahead.

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