Liberal leader Jan Björklund
Liberal leader Jan Björklund Credit: Sveriges Radio

Liberal leader challenges Moderates to drop SD cooperation

In reaction to Anna Kinberg Batra's resignation as leader of the Moderate Party, Liberal leader Jan Björklund called on his Alliance coaltion partner to now "close the door" to cooperation with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats.

Björklund, who himself has come under intense pressure from part of his own Liberal party to step down, told media that Moderate Party members should focus on policies not personal infighting.

"Those behind the coup make it very easy for themselves. They make this a personal question, which it is not at all."

He added that Anna Kinberg Batra's decision to open up the possibility of cooperating with the Sweden Democrats to topple the minority Red/Green government, should now be reversed.

My challenge to the Moderates is to close the door to the Sweden Democrats." 

On a more personal note he wrote on Twitter: "Sorry that Anna felt forced to go. Feel a big respect for her after almost three years of close cooperation. Thank you Anna!"

The leaders of the other two Alliance parties focused more on their personal relationship with the outgoing Anna Kinberg Batra.

I really appreciated working with Anna, not least because I got to know the warm person she is. Anna is a leader with a very strong drive, who always works hard to achieve her goals. I wish her all the best in the future and the Moderates find stability ahead so the Alliance can gather before the election year."

The Christian Democrat's party leader Ebba Busch Thor, wrote on Instagram:

"Anna has become a dear friend and appreciated colleague. She is a warm person and a careful and solid politician. She has a genuine commitment to the next generation to get a good education and be able to stand on their own two feet as an adult. .. I'm sorry to lose Anna as a colleague, but I also respect her decision to leave the party leadership."

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