Two High-Ranking Social Democrats Asked To Leave Their Posts

Two high-ranking Social Democrat politicians, Thomas Bodström party spokesman and former minister of justice and Leif Pagrotsky spokesman on cultural issues, will leave their posts, party leader Mona Sahlin announced late on Friday.

The Social Democrats had their worst election in a century and the decision to remove the two is part of the party’s renewal process, Sahlin said.

Pagrotsky, a leading politician within the Social Democrats, told news agency TT that he himself asked to be removed. He will continue to work for the party board. Morgan Johansson from Skåne in southern Sweden will replace Bodström in the parliamentary committee on justice.

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.

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