Former Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson. File photo: Claudio Bresciani/Scanpix
Maud Memoirs

Liberal leader "disloyal" towards government energy plans

Former Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson says she found it most difficult to co-operate with Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund during her time in the centre-right coalition government.

Olofsson was party leader for a decade, and also one of the driving forces behind the Alliance coalition. She was also government minister for energy and enterprise between 2006 and 2011 and deputy Prime Minister.

Writing in her new autobiography, she says Liberal leader Björklund was disloyal towards the government's energy policies and actively opposed the development of renewable energy.

Speaking to tabloid Expressen about the book, Olofsson says: "I'm writing the book because I think that it is important that women get to write their story. The literary world is full of memoirs by men that have done all kinds of wonderful things, but where are the women that have worked just have wonderfully?"

Olofsson says she has based the book on her diaries from the time she was in power, and also goes into detail about how the four-party coalition was formed.

She also repeats earlier criticism of former Social Democrat Prime Minsiter Göran Persson, accusing him of using so-called "Master suppression techniques" in parliament. On one occasion he asked her whether she had a weight problem, she claims.

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