Questions raised about local politicians and count

The Swedish Television investigative program Uppdrag Granskning reported that a pair of top moderate party politicians in the Österåker municipality borrowed money from an aristocratic family and were only required to pay back a tenth of the lease price for an independent school they operate. Meanwhile, the count who lent the money received permission to build a controversial port for small boats in an environmentally protected area.

With regards to the politicians, the husband has served as chairman for the local building committee and the wife as chairman of the municipal government in the municipality which is in the Stockholm archipelago. The politicians denied that the arrangements constituted a conflict of interests.

Michaela Fletcher, the current chairman of the municipal government, says the husband, now a councilman, can retain his seat, but she questioned the appearance of the connections between the two parties.

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