SD:s partiledare Jimmie Åkesson och den nya ordföranden för SDU, Jessica Ohlson. Foto: TT och Uppsala kommun. Montage: Sveriges Radio.
Party leader Jimmie Åkesson has severed ties with the youth wing SDU and its newly elected leader, Jessica Ohlson. Photo: TT and Uppsala kommun. Montage: Sveriges Radio.

Sweden Democrats prepare for new youth section

The Sweden Democrats will present the party's new youth wing on the 1st of October, news agency TT reports.

The party severed its ties with the youth wing SDU last weekend, after a long-standing conflict that ended in the youth wing electing a new leader who is not supported by the mother party. According to the Sweden Democrats, the conflict has been about ideology, where the young wing is more nationalistic and has links to extremists, while the mother party prefers to define itself as social conservative. The leading circles of the SDU on the other hand says the party leadership in the mother party is dominated by control freaks.

TT reports that the broad outlines of the new youth wing were decided at a meeting on Wednesday between the party leader Jimmie Åkesson, party secretary Richard Jomshof, deputy leader Mattias Karlsson and "a group of youth".

"We have come far, certain final adjustments will be done before the 1st of October when the new organisation will be presented," Richard Jomshof told TT.

He confirmed that the name of the new youth wing also will be SDU.

According to TT, three of the party's MPs - Björn Söder, Mikael Jansson and David Lång - did not want to cut ties with the youth wing. Ahead of the party conference in the end of November, the three have told the party's nominating committee that they "are available for all positions in the party", the tabloid Expressen reports.

The move surprised Jomshof.
"It is their democratic right, but it surprises me a little considering how popular Jimmie Åkesson is," he said, and added that Åkesson has been instrumental in changing the party from a minute one, to become one of the biggest in the country.

According to Jomshof, Björn Söder has confirmed that he will not challenge Jimmie Åkesson as a party leader.

The fact that this conflict is played out in the open is party of the leadership's strategy to become a more reasonable and "normal" party, according to Ann-Cathrine Jungar, political scientist at Södertörn University.


"They can show that they draw the line, and that they do not accept extreme views or contacts," she told TT.

"They feel the wind in their sails, and that is why I think they take such radical action," she said.

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