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Social Democrat MP Carina Hägg and party secretary Carin Jämtin. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT and Bertil Enevåg Ericson/TT.

Top Social Democrat name taken off ballot paper

Social Democrat MP Carina Hägg will be taken off the Social Democrat candidate's list to the parliamentary election after having openly criticised her colleague, party secretary Carin Jämtin, tabloid Expressen reports.

The decision came after Hägg published an article in tabloid Expressen last week where she claimed that Jämtin was behind a campaign against her, where fellow Social Democrats criticised Hägg for speaking out against the decision to elect Omar Mustafa, the head of the Islamic Association in Sweden, as a member of the Social Democrat party board last year.

"She is responsible for the campaign that was launched against me," Hägg says to Expressen.

Omar Mustafa was later forced to step down, but Hägg's name was moved down on the candidate's list shortly after, a move she claims was punishment for expressing her opinions.

The Social Democrats have issued a last minute party conference to remove Hägg's name from the list, and thereby also from the parliament itself.

"It saddens me that the party has decided to take this action. That they choose to silence my opinions," Hägg says.

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