Foreign Minister backed by party and Prime Minister

A series of revelations about Carl Bildt’s controversial business dealings have continued to trickle out since he took up his post after the last election, but across the country members of his own party say they still have confidence in him.

The former Prime Minister says it is the media that has been driving the criticism of his share holdings in oil companies, with claims they have created a conflict of interest, and his position on steering committees in firms accused of supporting human rights violations in Turkey, Russia and Sudan.

On Friday his membership of a lobby group which pushed for the invasion of Iraq was put under the spotlight, and former Prime Minister, Social Democrat Göran Persson, said Bildt was damaging Sweden’s reputation.

But as well as members of the Conservative Moderates, party leader and Prime Minsiter Fredrik Reinfedlt says he has ”absolute confidence” in the Foreign Minister.

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