Laila Freivalds

Green Party Spokesman: "Freivalds should resign"

Peter Eriksson, spokesperson for Sweden’s environmental Green Party, says he believes Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds should resign.

Freivalds, along with Prime Minister Göran Persson, were questioned at public hearings Thursday about the government’s slow response in handling of the 2004 tsunami crisis.

It’s know widely believed that the Foreign Minister could face a vote of no-confidence because of her actions during the catastrophe, and Eriksson thinks it would be better for Freivalds to resign of her own free will before that happens.

Freivalds has been slammed for going to the theater on the evening of December 26th as reports emerged of thousands of missing Swedes in the areas hit by the tsunami, and for saying that she was unaware that Thailand was a popular travel destination for Swedes.

As many as 20,000 Swedes were vacationing in Southeast Asia at the time of the Indian Ocean tsunami. 542 Swede’s died in the catastrophe.

Many Green MP’s have openly stated that they would cast a vote of no-confidence against Freivalds if it reaches the floor of parliament.

The Green Party, along with the Left Party, are political allies with the ruling Social Democrats and questions have arisen how this situation could affect the alliance.

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