Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the Sweden Democrats (left), with party secretary, Björn Söder. Photo: Viktor Lundberg/Scanpix

Sweden Democrats could expel ex-nazi member

The Sweden Democrats are set to decide whether to expel a number of politicians from the party, including the party's highest official in Gothenburg, Patrik Rehn.

News agency TT reports that Rehn has the support of a number of party districts and 12 of 13 politicians in the region of Västra Götaland.

But a zero-tolerance policy against "extremists" and "racists" expressed by party leader Jimmie Åkesson could result in his expulsion. Rehn has previously said he regrets the time he spent as a member of a Swedish nazi party in the 1980s.

"If they expel me it would be very remarkable. I lead the party in Gothenburg and in the region. I am the lead author of the budget proposal here, and everyone who works with me knows I share the party's values," Rehn tells news agency TT.

Decisions on whether or not to expel Rehn and an unspecified number of other party members will be made at a meeting on Monday evening.

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