But many of the top politicians within the party will stay despite the poor election results including party leader Sahlin.
This is hardly surprising, says political scientist Jenny Madestam, since the party carry the idea that it is their ideas and policies that are important, not their leader. Nevertheless, history shows that they do want a strong leader. To listen to an interview with Jenny Madestam, click below.
During a press conference on Friday Sahlin also introduced five new names who will be part of the Social Democrats’ group in parliament.
Håkan Juholt will represent the party in the defence committee; Matilda Ernkrans will be the new spokeswoman on environmental issues; Mikael Damberg for education; Peter Hultqvist on constitution; and Maryam Yazdanfar for housing and youth issues.