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Swedish Prime Minister Defends Emergency Planning

Published fredag 9 maj 2008 kl 13.00
The Swedish Prime Minsiter at the parliamentary hearings

At a parliamentary hearing about Swedish emergency catastrophe relief, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has dismissed any charges that the nation’s security was in danger because the now dismissed top civil servant on duty that night was drinking large quantities of alcohol at a café.

He claims that others would have taken over in case of a crisis – and that the system has been improved since the former Social Democratic government was  criticized for reacting too slowly to the tsunami disaster – where many Swedes were injured and killed in Southeast Asia.

Critics claim this case is especially damaging to the present center-right government – since the prime minister’s dismissed top advisor has refused to come in person to answer questions and only in writing.

And that Reinfeldt had made a big issue of creating well-functioning crisis management at government headquarters.

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