It was on Monday that the Greens announced their nominating committee had proposed Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Co-operation, for the post as the party’s female spokesperson. Today, the formal statement was made at the Green Party’s conference in Karlstad after party members cast their votes.
The current male spokesperson, Gustav Fridolin, was re-elected and will remain in his position in spite of criticism from some party members who feel he ought to have stepped down following what they see as poor handling of the past weeks’ crisis.
Fridolin garnered 200 votes, while Lövin received 229.
Apart from Isabella Lövin and Gustav Fridolin, another four names were on the ballots: Jack Ljunggren from Gothenburg, Jenny Wenhammar from Svalöv, Jesper Sandström from Gothenburg, and Raul Clark from Stockholm.
Earlier today, the former female spokesperson Åsa Romson gave a tearful farewell speech at her send-off. She accounted for the government’s successes within environmental and climate work, and said it was thanks to national-level climate work that Sweden was able to take a leading position at the climate summit in Paris 2015.
Romson said she will continue to support the Green Party, but she is uncertain as to whether she will return to working in parliament.