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Jytte Guteland. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/Scanpix
Social democrats

Secrecy of leadership race criticised

The secrecy surrounding the process of choosing a new leader of the Social Democrats, is now criticised by the head of the party's youth organisation Jytte Guteland.

"We are not running a military intelligence service, we are a political party that is going to choose a leader," says Guteland in a comment to the party districts that choose not to go public even with their wish list of the qualities and the profile they want to see in a future leader.

In an interview with Swedish Radio News, Guteland says she has received many negative comments regarding the closed selection process from members of the public as well as from party people. "They describe that it is very quiet and strange, and that they want more openness," she says, noting that the secrecy makes it harder to recruit new members and get people involved with politics.

As the "wish lists" from the party districts arrived at the nominating committee earlier this week, many districts published their "list" openly. But some did not. Gothenburg, which is one of the biggest districts, was among those who didn't.

"We think that for the nominating committee to have a chance to do a solid job as possible, it is good if they are given the possibility to do so in peace and quiet. We think that we can contribute to that, if not everybody publicise all their demands," says Anna Johansson, chairperson of the Social Democrats in Gothenburg.

The list of the district's preferred qualities and profile of the new leader was a first step. Now the districts have got until the end of February to come up with names of who they would like to see as their next leader. The final decision will be taken at the party congress in the end of March.

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