The Social Democrats and the Left Party say chaing the present voluntary service is necessary for gender quality, while the Green Party is opposed – arguing that
it would be wrong to put women in jail for refusing to undergo 3 months of military trains as is the case for men.
Because of cutbacks in defense, most young men are not called as conscripts.
The split is a set-back for the three opposition parties trying in general to present a united front to convince voters they can rule together if they win the elections in a year and a half.
However, a brand new poll shows that the leader of the largest of the 3 parties - the Social Democrats, has plunged once again in voter confidence to a record low 23 % of voter confidence. This is only a 1/3rd of the support party leader Mona Sahlin had when taking over the party after the last election defeat.