Red-Greens Nominate New Speaker

Two weeks after the Swedish elections, a clash has broken out over who will be the new speaker of parliament.

The newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” had reported Friday that all of the parties in both the center-right government and red-green opposition had agreed to back the current speaker from the conservative Moderate Party, Per Westerberg.

This to keep the newcomers, the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat party, from holding the balance of power.

The Sweden Democrats have said they in return for their support, they would want one of their MPs to get a deputy speaker post.

But now the red-greens say veteran Social Democrat Kent Härstedt is their candidate for speaker. They say that traditionally the speaker is from the largest party in parliament, and the Social Democrats are the largest party, even if they are in opposition.