Acko Ankarberg is currently the party's chairperson. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Ankarberg wants to lead Christian Democrats

Another Christian Democrat has announced she is running for party leadership. It is the party's chair person Acko Ankarberg who confirmed her candidacy on Wednesday.

But her colleague, the MP Pernilla Gunther tells the newsagency TT that she thinks it is a problem that Ankarberg currently does not have a seat in parliament.

"I think it is completely unreasonable to think that we are going to have a party leader who cannot be in the chamber and debate with the other party leaders," Gunther said.

Gunther has her self been nominated by her district to become a party leader. She notes that the Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven was not an MP when he was elected as leader for his party.

"But for him it was just a year, now it is three years until the next election. I do not see it as an alternative at all," she told TT.

But Ankarberg thinks she would be the one to take over after Göran Hägglund, who announced a few weeks ago that he wants to step down.

"We shall step forward with new proposals and make sure that they get onto the political agenda and actually answer to what people are talking about at the kitchen table," Ankarberg told TT.

Nominations can be put forward until the 25th of February, and then next month, there will be an opportunity for party members to question the nominees about their priorities. After that, the party districts will do another round of nominations before an election committee decides on a name.

The new party leader will formally be elected on the 25th of April

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