Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson faced a challenge from the local government unions Kommunal. Photo: Anders Wiklund/Scanpix.
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Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson chosen as LO president

The industrial unions' candidate, Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, is the new president of Sweden's main trade union federation, LO.

This will also mean him becoming part of the Social Democrat party's executive committee, joining party leader Stefan Löfven, also from the IF Metall union.

Thorwaldsson was elected by a unanimous congress of union delegates. He spoke to the congress, attacking the centre-right government and Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeldt, which he accused of destroying Sweden's welfare system, "we want social welfare for all. We don't discriminate." He also promised "we shall break the back of mass unemployment

LO represents the more blue-collar trade unions in Sweden, organising over 1.5 million workers. LO was central to setting up the Social Democratic Party in the early 20th century. 

Karl-Petter "Kalle" Thorwaldsson, aged 47

Head of the Social Democrats' youth wing, SSU, between 1990 and 1995

Represents the IF Metall industrial union

Head of the workers' education association ABF 

Owns an apartment, via the HSB cooperative, in Enskede, southern Stockholm

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