Ebba Busch Thor. Photo: HENRIK MONTGOMERY / TT.

Ebba Busch Thor announces candidacy for top Christian Democrat post

No sooner did Ebba Busch Thor announce that she is a candidate for the post of party leader for the Christian Democrat Party, then photos turned up of her posing on a military vehicle in Israel wearing an Israeli army t-shirt.


The newspaper Dagens Nyheter has published the photos on its website, but they were first posted on Twitter two weeks ago, and were taken during a study visit in 2009.

Political scientist Magnus Hagevi tells the newspaper he doesn’t think the photos will harm Busch Thor’s chances as the Christian Democrats are very positive towards Israel.

Friday’s official announcement that she is running comes after longtime party leader Göran Hägglund said he would step down after 11 years in the post.

Swedish Radio News reported that Busch Thor has received the most nominations from party districts. She told the morning news program Ekot that the broad support from her party had factored into her decision to run.

Nominations can be put forward until February 25th. 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 April 25th.

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